Thoughts On Writing

taking the mystery out of writing

Hello! *clears throat*

So, uh, it’s been some time since I’ve written anything for Thoughts On Writing; I’d like to say that it’s because I’d gotten busy, but the truth of the matter is that in the last few months I’ve either had my nose in a book (I just finished reading Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, started reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, and I have an insane backlog of Haruki Murakami novels staring at me from my bookcase), my hands on a gaming controller (there was a solid two months in which I attempted – and succeeded – 100%-ing Shadow of the Colossus on the PS4), or been so deep in my own writing I wasn’t really paying attention to anything happening around me, resulting in at least three cups of spilled coffee, an almost-late project, and a countless number of ignored (er, “missed”) texts.

Long story short, I’ve been bad. Real bad.


Okay, maybe not “Spider-Man 3” bad, but still. Pretty bad.

On the bright side, I’ve recently been challenged to write about the process of publishing my chapbook of poetry. I have to admit that it’s a great idea, and I can’t believe I haven’t done it already. No, for real: the first thing I did after this was suggested to me was dive into the depths of my computer documents to search for something, anything, which resembled an outline on the process of writing Wingless.

Nope. Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

To my absolute shock, I was never once asked by anyone – professor or peer alike – to write about the “how,” the “what,” or the “why.” I mean, I wasn’t really ever expecting anyone to ask any of those questions, but I feel strongly that self-reflection is a great way to reach catharsis and move forward. So, I’m going to do it. I’m going to write a series of posts, rendering to the best of my ability the entire process I followed to get that sucker out into the world. I’m going to talk about the good stuff, the bad stuff, the challenges, the heartbreak, and the reality of what I was writing about. I’m also going to do my best to ensure everything is chronological, because, frankly, the most significant stuff about the book are the people and events surrounding the book’s creation.

Oh, and if you have any questions along the way, leave a comment! While I have a rough draft (read: a crinkled page out of an old notebook with sloppy handwriting) of the posts in this series, I’m happy to tailor my content to interested readers.

Well, that’s all for now, folks. Next week, we’ll be talking about the biggest question of them all, the one I get more often than I’d like to admit: “Why poetry?” Because, I don’t know if you know this, but poetry isn’t reaaaaaaaaally mainstream.

(No, your favorite Instagram poet doesn’t count.)



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