One of the poets on Word Press I admire deeply is Paul Lenzi, ( his blog: http://poesypluspolemics.com/ ) and he has nominated me to participate in what’s known as a Blog Tour, a means of sharing thoughts with the WordPress community about why we blog poets do what we do here.
The process of participation: answer four questions.
1. Why do I write what I do?
First: what do I write?
For a living, it is writing light genre-novels, in Dutch, and I have been doing it for 17 years now.
Why? Well, because I really could not make money any other way having no school diplomas (I did try, I have been a bookseller, I worked on a passenger ship on the Rhine cleaning and such, I worked in Amsterdam as a sort of clerk, I washed dishes in a hotel, I was editor and journalist of the local newspaper which sounds a lot more than it was, I worked in a school library. ) Writing fiction means I can finally do what I always loved doing, which is writing stories, and get paid for it too.
Why I write poems, in English? I think because people reacted so kindly when I first started in fall 2010, I wanted to see if I could do it in English, a language I love very much. It soon became an addiction. A poem can say so much more in such few words, so I found out along the way. I learnt to look and think in a sort of new dimension. A whole new experience! I have written over 1300 English poems now. Not sure where it will end 🙂 It depends on my eyes mostly.
2. How does my writing process work?
For the novels, it is easy enough: I think of a story, which usually is done in a few minutes, write a one page synopsis to the editor, and if he approves, I just sort of follow the synopsis.
For poems there is no rule. Sometimes I am half asleep then bingo, a thought occurs, or when I walk, a sentence enters my brain and wants to stay there. But a lot gets lost as well as I don’t always write stuff down right away. Sometimes it is by reading Nicci French, their (Nicci French is a two-some) way of writing seems a trigger for my mind to think in better phrased lines. Or it is a smell, a colour, an event, a memory that pops up. I tried narrative, but I find that more difficult, to write a story in a poem.
I write mostly on the laptop right away, but sometimes I use pen and paper. I find it easier to write on the laptop, it is quicker and I can actually read what I have written, which is not always the case with my handwriting. Sometimes I immediately write in the blog body, but usually I write in Word. The blog is where I put most of my poems, I do try to make back ups but I tend to get behind on that. I sometimes alter a poem after publishing, but I am not very good in editing, that is why I like feedback from readers and the fact there is also an editor and publisher for the books, so my poems are safe there.
3. How does my work differ from other genres?
First of all, I am not sure what genre I write. I do free verse, but also different formal poetry forms like sonnets and rhyme. If there is something different, then perhaps that is it. That it is a different genre with every poem. And of course I would like each of my poems to be unique!
4. What am I working on at the moment?
I am writing a novel as usual for the Dutch publisher, hope to finish today but probably not, and I am also writing an English thriller but I can not say much about it yet. I am thinking of doing something with my Dutch poems as one of them actually wan a first prize. Finding a Dutch publisher perhaps. Not doing the Indy-thing as I really believe in (flexible) editors!
As for the English poetry: There will be a 2 (chunky) volumes anthology of mine released in March 2015 by Winter Goose publishing, they are the publishers of “Veritas” and “Amor”, also poetry anthologies by me. So that means editing a total of about 600 poems. And I want to keep writing English poetry.
This is my contribution to the blog tour.
My nominees for this Blog Tour are three poets I admire for their wonderful work, and about whom I would like to know some more. I hope they will continue the tour but I do understand if they won’t of course 🙂 :
John Clinock who is not only a gifted poet, but also a wonderful painter and more http://johnclinockart.com/
Marie a very original poet, writer of fiction and editor http://kvennarad.wordpress.com/
Richard Ankers http://richardankers.com/ whose poems always do something for the heart 🙂