This is quite a departure from my usual “poetry only” policy on the blog, but it’s good to do something different sometimes.
Marvelous poet Claire Walker has invited me to take part in “The Writing Process” Blog Tour. Now, WordPress isn’t letting me do that clever linky thing that people do (or I’m just being thick – which is just as likely), so I’ll just invite you to click on the one below to visit Claire’s page… Please do – she’s fab.
Now, the Blog Tour asks writers of all genres to answer a few questions about what we do and why we do it. Me, I’m a bit of a “socially awkward” poet (Ahem!) – never quite sure what to say to folk if they ask about my work and I tend to end up either completely tongue-tied or mumbling something incoherent along the lines of, “Ummm, yeah, I write, um… stuff… about, um, things…”. But maybe that’s exactly why this is such a good challenge for me. So, here goes….
What am I working on?
I’m working on two main projects at the moment. A gathering together of poems for a possible pamphlet… before a lot of heavy edits (I’m never quite sure when something is finished!) and a prose fiction project that is very much in its infancy – in fact, it’s barely a ball of cells in the womb as yet.
Aside from that, I’m writing one off pieces to submit to various places or to pop up here on the blog.
How does my work differ from others of my genre?
This might seem a bit of a cop-out answer, but I think that’s something that only readers can decide! I believe that over time we all develop our own individual “voice” or style and this is something that happens in an unconscious way. I’d say in an “organic” way, but that makes me sound like a parsnip. My aim is for the words to snag and intrigue readers enough that they want to read more.
Why do I write what I do?
I like to write fiction in poetry, setting up a character in an imagined situation and thinking “what if”. Hence some of my “darker” pieces. I’m definitely drawn to the murkier aspects of life and I try to explore those. I’ve also noticed that I have a developing cast of female characters – some likeable, some not so much, some downright murder-y – and I’d I think this group of ladies may have something to say about contemporary perceptions of “types” of women in society. I think I’ll need to talk to them more… Yes, I talk to my characters. Often aloud.
How does my writing process work?
My most productive times are spent tapping away at my keyboard in the dark. My handwriting is appalling so if I want to be able to read my drafts then I’m much better going direct to the PC. Which doesn’t sound very poetic, but it works for me. I work best in the evenings, or even the wee small hours, and try to fit in some form of writing or editing every day. It’s partly to enforce a little self-discipline on myself (not my strong suit!) and partly because I always feel so much better having written something – even if it’s only a tiny line edit or moving some commas around – as long as it’s worked, then I feel I’m getting somewhere!
That’s all from me! Now I’d like to hand the baton to…
Alison May - romantic novelist, short story writer and person who occasionally gets a bit ranty about Michael Gove…. (Which is all good in my opinion!)
Polly Robinson – poet, writing fairy-godmother and all round purveyor of loveliness.
Right. I’m going back behind my sofa and will no doubt reappear in my more “normal” form sometime very soon!