It is now time for me to get to all of the writerly questions you lovely people left me during the poetry giveaway in April.
1) Do you have a writing schedule?
Absolutely not. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. I don’t do very well on a strict schedule. What I do need to make sure I do, however, is to make time for writing. It’s all too easy to get caught up in everything else there is to do.
2) Do you feel your poetry has evolved over time or do you have a style that you’ve stayed true to?
Definitely evolved. Still evolving. Will always evolve unless I stop writing altogether. And hopefully it will continue to evolve into something better and stronger.
3) Are the topics of your poems more based on personal experience or fantasy or a mix of both?
A bit of both, but more strongly personal experience now. It’s my way of exploring memories and situations and emotions. There are still plenty of things I write that are not experience-based, however.
4) How often does the first line of a poem you write stay the first line when it’s finished?
Surprisingly often. About 75% of the time, poetry starts with me ‘hearing’ a line. And it is usually the first one. Whatever line I hear first, whether it is the actual first line or another entirely, ends up staying I would say 80-85% of the time. I do sometimes freewrite to find a starting point, and in those cases I never know where I’ll end up. Lines get written down and marked out a whole lot before I figure out where I’m going.
5) How does the process of getting the first line down work for you?
I inadvertently covered this in the last question! =)
6) In what way is writing poetry a spiritual endeavor for you?
Writing poetry is the way I connect to myself and the world around me. A writer friend, Rebekah Loper, mentioned in a poetry discussion today that as the INFJ of our writing group (the Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society), I feel and connect to everything. That’s probably at least one reason why I ended up writing poetry. I set out to be a novelist. (They at least have the chance of making money, right?)
But more honestly, I see the world through poetry. I read books that are novels or nonfiction, and poetry answers back. Poetry is the way in which I may worship the human experience and all that exists without us too.
7) Please describe your relationship with your muse.
I have a Muse. Her name is Miasma. But she seems only to be my Muse when I am able to work on longer types of fiction, such as short stories or novels, which I do still occasionally play at. I have not yet met my poetry Muse, though I can easily say she is not so cantankerous and difficult as Miasma can be.
8) Are you currently working on a book of poems, or are you submitting individual poems to journals, or some other project?
Both. At the moment, my greatest focus is on writing the poem that tugs on my skirt the hardest. The one that won’t be ignored. That one that cries ‘Mama’ to me until I hear out its story.
I have a few poetry collection ideas, based on things I have already written and things in the works still to write, but at this time there is no particular one for which I am writing. I am submitting individual pieces to journals when I find a journal I admire and I think I have work in which they may be interested.
I am constantly trying to keep my mind open to possible projects, but I will not wait for a project to come to me. I simply write and either a project will finally present itself or I will find one in the work I have been creating all along.
9) What is your favorite ‘studio’ space in which to write?
The bathtub. I do a lot of my work with an ink pen and a beat-up, water-damaged spiral, sitting in the bath in the evenings.
Thanks for picking my brain! I loved answering your questions!