Today is different. I’m blogging about the writing process, rather than just posting a poem. I’ve been invited to do this by the tour de force that is Sheree Mack. Sheree blogged about the writing process last week, and you can read her thoughts here: http://t.co/OVi5t1QipX
Each week, as part of the Big Tour a blogger answers four questions about the writing process.
1. What am I working on?
Submissions and my first collection. I have a few themes, in particular ‘Time’, ‘Travel’ and ‘Nature’.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure about this, except to say that it’s mine. It comes from me. Has my eyes, my mind. It brings all of my life experience behind it, and all of me now to the page. Is it unique? Does that matter? Is it different? Only the reader can answer.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write when ideas come to me. As is often said by writers, it feels like the thoughts are asking to be written, not like I choose them.
I write to better understand myself and the world around me. To go deeper into things. To really see.
I write to be heard.
I write to reach out, to connect with others, to be less alone.
I write because that is where the truth is (though my poems are sometimes fiction).
I write because what is inside needs to be got out, needs to be set free.
I write because I am passionate about the power of writing.
I write about time because of my past, and my present.
I write about travel because it’s what helped get me started.
I write about nature because I love being outdoors. It’s what makes me happy.
4. How does my writing process work?
I tend to work on short pieces straight away. Longer poems I will return to and edit later. I often start with a couple of words, or a snippet of an idea. I put my pen on the paper, and work from there. The process involves a lot of editing, chopping and changing. I spend a lot of time on the sounds created and the feeling. Also, I will read the work out loud to hear how it works.
My writing process is a bit haphazard, as life can be at times. I write nearly every morning, I also write at workshops and for my university courses. I write more when I’m away in the outdoors with my mountaineering friends, or when I’m on a train, or waiting. Not ‘killing time’, but using it. I write when I’m moved to, or when I need to.
Next week I pass the writing baton on. Jennifer Wilson, and (hopefully) Carol Ross, will be sharing their thoughts. Their blogs can be found here: http://t.co/zbvqobPblJ and here: http://trioross.wordpress.com/