I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Of all the questions in the world, the one that intrigues me the most is ‘Why.’ I can usually figure out answers to the who, what, where, when and how questions – yet my enquiring mind is often stumped by ‘Why.’ Why are there stars in the sky? Why are there wars? Why do people do what they do? Heck, I don’t even know why I do what I do at times.
It seems there are many questions that do not have definitive answers and answers that only lead to more questions. However, I’ve decided to tackle a few questions that I sometimes get asked about my writing. I might have also included a couple of questions that I would like to be asked.
What do I write?
Pretty much anything you can think of, as long as it’s in English. Seriously though, to date I haven’t written songs, scripts or anything award-winning. Who knows what the future holds?
What do I write about?
I like to write about life experiences. Recently, I visited a woman in the hospital. One of the first things she said to me is, “You are not to write a poem about this!” I assured her I wouldn’t.
Why do I write?
I suspect I do it for the same reasons that actors act, painters paint, singers sing and gardeners get down in the dirt. How do we figure this one out?
Why do I write poetry?
I ask myself that sometimes – usually in the form of “Why don’t you write novels? Or something a little more profitable?”
When do I write?
I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard whenever the mood strikes me – and the mood most often strikes when there is something I want to figure out, something I want to say or some feelings I want to process.
How long does it take me to write a poem?
It can take me anywhere from an hour to a week or more to write a poem. It is exciting when a poem pours itself out onto the page; however, there is also much satisfaction in working long and hard in crafting a poem that is not as readily available.
Where do I write?
These are just some of the places I write: in my study, on my computer, in my garden, on my bed and in my head. I don’t recommend writing poems in your head… it can be insulting, dangerous and foolish. It can also be very disappointing a short while later when you can’t remember the poem.
Where do the poems come from?
Sometimes I find the poems and other times the poems find me. Sometimes I wrestle them out from inside and other times they seem to be waiting somewhere out there… waiting for me to write them down. What I’d like to know is: who is out there and how do I connect with them at will?
Who do I write for?
I write for myself, my family, my friends and whoever else would like to hear or read my writing.
Who are my favourite poets?
I have too many favourite poets to list. How could I possibly choose?
If you have any questions related to my writing, feel free to leave them in the comments area and I will do my best to answer them. 🙂