Date: 2016-04-04 12:41 am (UTC)
jjhunter: Serene person of color with shaved head against abstract background half blue half brown (scientific sage)
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.
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