I set out to write a new collection of poetry and I am thinking about words more than I have in the past.
The most difficult thing about writing is trying to find new words that mean the same thing while creating a different version of what I already wrote without repeating myself.
Can you follow that?
Some days, I can’t because it is exhausting.
I think about the words I use when I write. I listen to the way they sound and explore the feelings which I am trying to express.
If the words don’t invoke any feeling then I know I’m doing it wrong.
This intricacy of language is what makes writing so difficult.
One word can alter everything that you are trying to express as a writer.
I have been trying to push my writing in a different direction and— as I write— I discovered that it doesn’t work. I was frustrating myself with every word because it did not sound right.
Then, BOOM! It hit me…
Through trial and error…
I have my own style and I should use what works for me and build my toolbox from this foundation.
I attended critiques sessions for poetry and for fiction, and I received positive feedback and constructive criticism that helped me. As I work on revisions I recall the the feedback that I receive. Some of the commentaries I received were geared around the musicality and lyrical quality of my word choice. My short story received positive feedback about the intentional wordplay I created was examined. The woman who critiqued me wasn’t sure if it was intentional wordplay and I was proud when she called out to it because it was intentional.
These pieces came naturally, they flowed from my fingertips with ease and poetic prose. I wasn’t trying to reinvent the wheel.
Not everyone likes rhyming, most people don’t like poetry, and wordplay can get lost in the mix but I shouldn’t allow that to change my style.
I have an awkward inner poet that rises up from time to time ready to create a beautiful word-vine.
I love writing. I love poetry. I love a good story. I revel in telling stories and creating a thunderous voice that booms from the pages making you feel the power of prose. A voice that can move you to tears—as a writer making people cry is so rewarding! Think about it! To muster up that kind of emotion in another being through language now that’s powerful!
So why should I try to please everyone else with my writing?
Writing makes me happy so I should enjoy what I write.
If I am genuine then I am sure to reach an audience that will appreciate what I have created as a writer and that is all I want, even if it is an audience of one.