Thank you to Beth Winter who invited me to participate in this blog hop about the writing process. Her blog hop post is available on Eclipsing Winter. She published this on April 28th and I was supposed to follow suit the Monday after. However, the dog ate my homework, etc. and here I am, fashionably late, as I tend to be.
Beth Winter writes poetry, prose and anything else her itchy pen decides to scratch. A self-taught poet, she has written nearly 800 poems, nearly as many hournals and has possibilities piled around her. She lives and works in the beautiful Kansas Flint Hills. She maintains a website called Eclipsing Winter where you can read more of her work.
My Writing Process
Question 1) What am I working on?
I just finished doing the April poem a day challenge. This is the second year I have attempted it and the first year I succeeded in 30 poems in 30 days (though exactly not one each day). That means now I’m editing poetry! I am also putting together a book of poetry, the contents of which change each time I take a fresh look at it. I am also (at least in theory) working on a novel I started two NaPoWriMo’s ago, which somehow morphed into 2/3’s of two completely unrelated books. I am also editing a sci-fi / fantasy book for a friend. And I collect quotes. It’s an ongoing thing that I do for myself.
Question 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmmm…I really don’t know how to answer this. I write in both free and formal verse. In general, my poetry tends to be short, like my attention span. (laugh now) I think it’s generally quite accessible. I like to have a punch or a twist, something poignant, unexpected or funny…sometimes darkly funny. I frequently like to use science metaphors and similes, but actually I never met-a-phor I didn’t like. And did I mention I love bad puns and wordplay in general?
Question 3) Why do I write what I do?
I have several reasons for writing. Sometimes I write to help order my thoughts, sometimes to express my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, though not often I write in response to current events. Other times a word or phrase strikes me, and it becomes the kernel of a poem. In fact I have a word document called “snippets” where I keep those words and phrases, and I revisit this when from time to time for writing ideas. And, I take poetic license with everything I write, which is why I don’t do non-fiction.
4) How does my writing process work?
I am not normally able to produce a poem a day – April was pretty stressful for me. Some days writing goes quickly and easily, but most days it doesn’t. And I have some problems both getting into a writing mindset, and also functioning in everyday life. This means some days I put my muse on hold - but not as often as she ditches me! But the more I write, the more often I get those moments when I need to drop everything and write down a line, idea or poem. Generally I try to spend time early in the morning with my coffee and my little dog, Otis, and my laptop. I have a spot in the enclosed porch full of windows looking out at some beautiful countryside. My other best time of day is in the evenings…real life tends to go in between. As for each piece, I can spend anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours on it a first draft. After that I fiddle with it for a bit, publish it on my blog too soon. And after awhile I reread, perhaps a month's worth, and revisit the ones I still like. I think writing both drives me crazy and keeps me sane. There are so many great quotes about writing, so in closing I'll share one of my favorites with you"
"Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence." -Alice Walker
Please take time to visit Ginny Karpinski Brannan at her blog Inside Out Poetry, a talented poet and good friend.
A New England country girl at heart, Ginny Brannan resides in Massachusetts with her husband, son and two cats. Encouraged by her best friend, she started writing poetry in 2009. She enjoys writing both form and free verse. She has been published in The River Muse —Art and Literary Journal Edition 1 Vol. 31; The dVerst Poet's Anthology; and is currently awaiting publication of one of her poems in Journey of the Heart: An Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry due for release Summer 2014.