Is it weird that I am reading a poetry book as part of my novel-writing homework and training for myself? Or that I can’t even quite remember where I got the recommendation to read this particular book, but that I am still sticking with it, years after the fact? I’m not one to take recommendations and follow through with them, unless they come from specific individuals or have an extremely powerful and supported argument behind them. I think this recommendation came from someone I do not know personally, so the argument must have been amazing for the recommendation. I just remember that whoever it was said that this poetry book was a must-read for writers, because, though it was focused on poetry, it was 100% applicable and important for writers and novelists as a whole, and was even one of the most important of all reads for them.
So, I’m reading it. I actually started while up at my brother’s in Wisconsin, and pulled out the highlighters and everything with it, treating it as a textbook of information I likely will want to reference in the future. (I’m not one for writing or highlighting in books, so it really takes good convincing for me to believe it a good and even viable option as my own practice. Aka it’s a huge deal that I am doing the highlighting, and it shows how seriously I am taking the idea of this book’s being a valuable and important asset in my writing, one I will benefit greatly from referencing further in the future, as well as reading now.) So far, it has been kind of amazing. I am extremely grateful for the recommendation, and grateful that I followed through with it. (I mean, I even went out and found the book and bought it immediately after receiving the recommendation, that’s how powerful a recommendation it was.) It has already been well worth it, and I can tell that so much more is to come, it will blow this beginning stuff out of the water.
And I am very much looking forward to that.
It has been not so easy to produce a story yet, but I have finally begun the beginning steps in a way that now can lead somewhere rather easily. Moving forward, I will need to set myself down at table, and actively pursue certain thought processes and brainstorming and writing, in order to start getting into the real stories of it all. I am afraid of dong that, but I trust that I want to do it… so, I am slowly but finally getting myself there, little by little, baby steps… baby steps…baby steps write a few words…baby steps write a few more… I can do anything!*
*Get that movie reference, and you have a special piece of love from me and my childhood. 😉