How many of you novelists out there got your start writing poetry?
For me, it was awful, teenage-angsty poetry about death and blood and my oh-so-horrible feelings and stuff. Happily, I eventually transitioned into poems that read more like this and less like Poe on Xanax and whiskey. Now, as Alice Walker says, I’ve gotten into writing novels, and that poetry is deeply engrained in everything I write.
I love language; I love the way I can harness it and use it to express exactly what I need to express. Poetic devices make that process infinitely more sophisticated. To be quite honest, I don’t know if my writing would be worth anything if I had no sense of poetry. Guess it’s a good thing I do!
How about you? Are you a poet, or have you ever considered yourself to be one? How does that affect your writing?
Today’s Prompt: Write a narrative poem from the perspective of a teenager. Now turn that poem into a short story, using at least three lines from your poem, word for word, in the text.
And today I have a small bonus for those of you who are currently writing novels and would like to share, no extra writing required:
Go through your novel and find a particularly poetic passage or line that you’d like to share with all of us. Post it in the comments!
Happy Writing/Passage Finding!