totally charmed to have been invited by the very talented Clare Carlin to join the writing process blog tour. wicked to see what everyone’s up to and more pressingly how. do read Clare’s post here and follow the trail back and forth
what am i working on?
- drafting and redrafting loops of The Eulogist
- making a collaborative performance piece of poetic dialogue with Kadish Morris we’ve just today been invited to perform at Rich Mix for the next WE SHARE
- daydreaming about and scribbling thoughts for a new novel that began recently and might be called Bombay Black Thames
how does my work differ from others of its genre?
it’s mine. write first with no one looking over your shoulder, differentiations can follow (if ever necessary). fresh images in clear uncluttered language are of utmost importance to me
why do i write what i do?
last week a friend found the program for a play i was in when i was nine-years-old. there was a little quiz at the back with facts about the young ‘actors’; my favourite colour is still yellow and i still want to be a writer when i grow up
how does my writing process work?
- dread that i’ll never have another idea again
- idea arrives
- idea becomes obsession
- daydream - for ages - tell myself the story and stories around the story. mostly on the nightbus
- get on the first bus i see and stay on it until i run out of mental road (not often joined up with bus road; change buses where necessary to facilitate a long enough journey over and around London)
- manically research subject reading everything I can find on a mad papertrail
- write - on yellow paper or with an orange pen on white - in long hand, bits of things that might be right
- read to answer questions about how this might work with who and why, where, when, what everyone in the story wants
- try to forget about idea
- read writers i admire, read styles i don’t write in, stories i can’t imagine myself
- clear an entire night to sit down at the computer
- gather post-its and paper to transcribe and sew something together on screen
- print drafts of bits and annotate then return to screen with mark ups
- relay like this til inclination for purple passages is sufficiently eliminated
- relay like this til i think i have something that could be distinguishable as a story to someone other than me
- realise i have no idea what i’m doing
- get back on the night bus
- repeat steps 6-17 until i think i know what i’m doing
- share, tentatively, always careful not to waste fresh eyes on weak words
- take candour of great minds and apply to text back at step 11.
- keep going, like everyone else. "We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art." - Henry James
four of the greats i know giving what they have follow. they’ll post on 5th may:
- Charlotte Lydia is a nanny by day and a poet and academic by night, who currently lives in Notting Hill, in a house with a blue front door. She is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University, and her poetry can be found in Agenda Magazine, Aesthetica, and in several anthologies. www.charliethegirl.com
- Kadish Morris is a Leeds born London based writer of poetry and prose. She has a B.A in Creative Writing and has performed her work around the UK and America in venues such as Nuyorican Poets Café, The Chicago Theatre and Southbank Centre. She is also one of the six poets featured in the award winning film We Are Poets and her poetry has recently appeared in Popshot magazine. http://kadishmorris.tumblr.com/
- Mazin Saleem is a 30-year-old writer from the U.K. He has had fiction published at The Mays, The Literateur, and Litro Magazine and non-fiction atbigother.com and Medium. He is still writing a novel. www.maybethatsthepoint.tumblr.com
- Richard Skinner is the author of three novels, all published by Faber & Faber. ‘The Red Dancer’ has been translated into seven languages. ‘The Mirror’ consists of two short novels, ‘The Mirror’ and ‘The Velvet Gentleman’. A translation of ‘The Velvet Gentleman’ was shortlisted in France for the Prix Livres & Musiques. He has also published a collection of poetry, ‘the light user scheme’, and a writer’s handbook, ‘Fiction Writing’. He is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy. http://richardskinner.weebly.com/writing-process-blog-tour.html