Doing the hard things

So some may know that I’ve been working on my poetry collection for the past few months. I’m now at the pointy end with just 24 days to go before I have committed to launching the book and reality is sinking in fast!

img_1018When I began this process I had no idea what to expect, let alone had a clue how much I have written over the years. It turns out I had about 200 potential pieces! I managed to whittle that down to about 88 and have finally settled on 66 pieces.

That process alone has taken me three months (including the regular life interruptions, of course!) And the level of concentration to sit and read pieces I have written, over and over, to see how they fit together – well that’s a whole new level of focus I also hadn’t anticipated.

I think that putting together what is essentially a puzzle with pieces that were all made at different times and from diverse experiential moments has been a lot harder than I thought it would. I thought it was just a collection, but then as I started to really read and comprehend the poems in connection with each other I stumbled upon something I had never seen before.

I think I have unintentionally written out an abstract autobiography of sorts. I don’t actually know if that is even a ‘thing’ but that’s what it feels like to me when I look at it as a whole piece, and not just individual moments.

So with just 24 days to go, I have planned out the steps and am madly trying not to rewrite any more lines and have settled (as much as any writer can) on the order and format. The next step is to determine the best software to format it in for publication and then get my hands dirty in that process.

Oh, and I’ve joined a little community called Patreon. I want to share my work with anyone and everyone who will take a look and would be incredibly appreciative of any support you can offer – even if you just feel to share what I am doing with your friends and family, it would be so beneficial. I thank you in advance 🙂

Here’s the link to check out Patreon.

My hope is to portray a range of experiences and emotions through my words giving you an opportunity to jump into that world for a moment and experience it yourself.

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