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Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.

Date: 2016-04-04 12:08 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

Camp NaNo has an adjustable goal; I'm actually shooting for a complete story at 30K+. And I came up with the plot for this one first, though your approach of starting with the poems is an intriguing one for a future project.

Placeholders while I write the prose, then coming back to the poems later, is probably what I will end up doing, yes. Meanwhile I have a day and a half's worth of word count, on day three...

Date: 2016-04-04 12:13 am (UTC)
jjhunter: multiple watercolor butterflies flying (butterfly flock)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
*waves pom-poms of encouragement*

Date: 2016-04-04 12:14 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

:-D

Date: 2016-04-04 12:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Starting with the poems first is like a condensed character version of discovery writing; I learn the character(s) who are 'writing' the poems by working out their distinct voices and preoccupations, and the process of doing that (drafting lots of poems in batches, many of which will be cut / not included) tends to also generate sequences of related poems, which in turn are clues to possible character arcs and to narratives that flesh them out. You could say that the poem writing is kind of like emergent emotional outlining, and I get drafts of poems I can use with the narrative as a side product.

There's something about knowing that I'll probably not use most of the poems I write in those batches that I find very liberating - it may take me several poems before I start hitting a groove with some depth to it, and knowing that spurs me to write fast so I can get through those initiating bits quickly.

It's almost like there a Room of Requirement Generative Subjects in my mind, and I have to write three poems passing it back and forth before a door will appear that I can open - if I'm paying attention to notice it - to what I seek.

Date: 2016-04-04 01:52 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

Huh. Interesting! Must try at some point!

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