Here’s something to think a bit about.
The words of your poems are perfect before you physically write them; those of your stories are perfected after they’ve been written.
Yes, I came up with that… haha.
But, seriously, think about it.
When you decide to sit down and write a poem (or rather don’t decide to but let your brain force you into doing so), you always have to make sure your words are really perfect… usually before you even write them down. Like, in your head.
When you gotta push those late nights to churn out the next ten pages of your soon to be debut hit novel, though… you don’t think much about the words before you write them. You just… well, write them. And then editing comes later.
Of course, there’s some editing to always be done with poetry, too, but… poems are a lot shorter than most stories, and that makes the editing process a lot different. You might begin to write down one word, then erase it, then write a new one in its place… and make sure you get the right (or just about the right) wording in the first line before moving onto the next. And then repeat the process with that second line and so on and so forth.
The whole idea I’m basically trying to get at there is that poetry kind of gets you to edit as you go. You might still do some write-ups after it’s all been written and drafted, too, but… it makes your job a lot easier if you edit while you’re chugging along.
Though, maybe that’s just how my poetry writing process is. If you don’t resonate a bit with that… then just ignore me. Above all, remember… you do you!
So… that’s what I wanted to discuss today. My thoughts on how poetry is all about the wording and stories are… well, they kind of aren’t. Poems are shorter, therefore you have to think harder about making it sound perfect with the limited lines you have, and stories and novels and word documents have all the space in the world available for you to work with, so condensing and perfecting your words isn’t so much a requirement.
So, maybe this all just how my mind works, but I’d still like to hear what all the rest of y’all have to say. Are your writing processes similar or different than mine? Especially if you have experience with both poems and longer works… let me know how you do it!
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