Thanks to Marit Meredith for nominating me for My Writing Process. Marit was already an accomplished writer when I started my creative writing. Her newest book, Diary of a Would-Be-Protagonist, reminded me of my fictional writing process, creating a story out of the new knowledge I look for every day. You can read her blog for this chain at Where Facts and Fiction Fuse.
There’s a Twitter tag: #mywritingprocess, where you can find the other posts in the chain.
Here’s the four questions answered by Marc Latham:
1) What am I working on?
This blog, my poetry blog fmpoetry.wordpress.com and my memoir blog travel25years.wordpress.com take up most of my writing time, so it’s usually a matter of using them to create new work and preview/publicise old work.
The new poems I’m creating will probably be published in a third poetry collection. I’m thinking about ending the Greenygrey fantasy travel trilogy as well, but don’t feel ready to start yet, with Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps only just finished its serialisation.
I should probably be looking for more writing work, but feel full up with the above really.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The fantasy travel by Google maps was an original idea as far as I know.
I created the Folding Mirror poetry form inspired by haiku, and later found out it was similar to palindrome; but it is different to both. The main differences are that it’s bigger and has less rules than haiku; and is different to the palindrome in having to have a dividing middle line, and encouraging the use of different words in the two mirroring halves.
I try to be innovative and eclectic with this blog and my article writing, but it’s all been inspired by writing and poetry, rock and pop from the 1950s to the present. So it’s different in that it’s my story and experiences, and writing from the now of the world.
I think all new writing is different, but influenced by what has gone before.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I generally write what I want to, and what comes into my mind.
Just writing for the sake of it is much more enjoyable than writing as a job, and having my writing published has fulfilled my ambitions.
I enjoy the subjects I write about, and the creative process of poetry, fiction writing and crafting innovative non-fiction.
4) How does your writing process work?
Once I had the idea of the Google maps fiction writing books it was just a matter of ‘travelling’ each time on the maps and creating stories out of the place names I found, with some research about the places thrown in. Once I had enough for a blog that was that day’s ‘travelling’ done. Werewolf of Oz took about six months of editing as well.
For the Folding Mirror poetry I usually see a subject matter that I think will make a good mirroring poem, with two comparative or contrasting sides. Then I create the words, and make sure there’s the same amount in each half. Sometimes I’ll think up a good first line, or rhyme, but it’s usually subject first.
My blogs are usually news inspired, while my articles usually revolve around my travels and subjects studied at university; which were interests I had before, such as history and the media.
That’s the end of the questions, and I nominate Ruth Kozak for next week. Ruth has been writing and travelling for half a century, including working at the Vancouver Sun newspaper. She now runs the TravelThruHistory website, and her Shadow of the Lion book about Alexander the Great is set to be published this year.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you found some enjoyment and value in the words.