When I reached out for guests posts this time, I had a theme in mind. (Quelle surprise, non?)
The questions are available from the hat if you would like to play along. Shoot an email to the SIB for more details.
Laurie picked a question which will give you some insight into writing a book.
When I started writing my book, I had no idea…”
When I started writing my book, I had no idea that I once I began typing what I had written I would lose the file multiple times. Little did I know that I would write myself into corners, and every time a solution was reached a new problem would arise.
I wasn’t prepared for the final attempt at recovery to fail completely and to have to start over entirely. The starting over wasn’t the most aggravating part of the process. There were the hours spent wondering if what I had put in the book, which had turned into a book of poetry instead of the original fictional novel, was what I actually wanted to put into it.
I was rather surprised that when I finished the book and it hit the stage of published that there would be those that thought something in it was specifically about them. Given that the poem in question was entitled “Gold Digger” I was prone to wonder if they were so sure it was about them because, though it may not have been the intention, it actually described what they were perfectly. After all, who admits to thinking something like that is about them?
A poem about someone being lazy and living off someone else, while enjoying things even a kindergartner can count well enough to know they cannot afford payments on much less purchasing out right, and it automatically makes you think of yourself. Hmm, methinks it’s time to get off your ass, man up… er, stop being so full of yourself and get a clue.
I had no idea that the book would make those that don’t have a clue think they did. I had no idea that I would begin to wonder if the readers were seeing people close to them in the writing, and if any of them saw anything other than people in it. I began to wonder if people (other than those that write poetry) knew that it was not all about the writer all the time.
When you read poetry, do you see yourself or others in it? Should good poetry be easy to put people into? Do you have experience losing work to the machine you use to help?
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