Whee! It’s 2016, and this is the first 15 Words or Less Poems Day of the year! I’m glad you guys are here. Are you ready to wake up your poetry brains with our weekly exercise (guidelines here)?
I took this picture at the Bell Museum of Natural History on Randy’s birthday a couple of weeks ago. They had these antlers out to touch and pick up. You can see an image of me lifting them earlier this week. They weigh a LOT! This image makes me think of:
- long, curly fingernails people grow
- how do moose carry these things around?
- my Grandma Foshee scratching my back when I was little
And, here’s my draft. I did a new version of my video experiment from last week. I recorded myself writing this rough draft. I discovered that it takes a LOT longer to show my process in a video than it does to just write something. This week, I talked through it, explaining my choices and such. That’s weird a couple of different ways, but mostly because when I’m writing in first draft mode, I don’t consciously verbalize (even in my head) most of these decisions. The words just pour out of my fingertips into the keyboard. And they move and change things around from instinct. So. You should know that this is slower than I would write a first draft–although the little pauses where I look into the distance aimlessly (usually out the window into the backyard) are definitely part of my usual process! This video is 8 minutes long! Yowza. That’s long. I definitely won’t be doing this every week. I just thought this would be a good way to experiment. I do want to start recording and sharing bits of different parts of my writing process. So, maybe every month or two here on my blog, I’ll share some bit of that.
And here’s the first draft:
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) If you leave a poem in the comments, and if it’s 15 words or less, I’ll try to respond!