Thank you to all my followers on Blogger and WordPress for their support and praise for my poem Trapped by the Undertow, published 1st May 2021 on Bandit Fiction.com Read More section Poetry.
And for their encouragement on the publication of my poem CARTHAGE in ORBIS quarterly Literary Journal June 2021, Issue 196. Subscriptions on Orbis.com
Another writing day for the Insecure Writers’ Support Group
Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox!
Welcome to AUGUST writing.
August 4 question – What writing craft books do you read and use for your writing ? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?
My two ‘ bibles ‘ for writing are Kenneth Koch’s Making your own days and Considering Poetry, from my schooldays, both for Poetry; the Open University Creative Writing Handbooks levels 2 and 3 for prose, poetry, theatre and articles. They bring me references on the craft of writing, free-writing exercises to get the juices going; editing tips on punctuation, dialogues and vocabulary expansion. They are also a firm base for encouragement with plenty of examples from classical and contemporary authors: a wide range of Poets, Novelists versatile in several genres, Short Story writers and Playwrights.They keep me anchored into the realm of marketable work.
However, personally, I find that craft books on writing or any other endeavour for that matter are merely crutches to lean on to launch from or finalise my skill when writing prose or poetry.
The meat of my work stems from the books I enjoy reading and which lift up my consciousness to higher awareness and dreams.
My reading ranges to the outreaches of many genres: sci-fi, poetry, philosophy, history, historical fiction, anticipation, detective and crime novels, thrillers, mysteries, fantasy, everyday lives. Elevating mundane thoughts into transporting words, sculpting the ordinary into dreamlike extraordinary. These books are my greatest source of inspiration and imagination along with forays into many other arcanes of art: paintings, photography, sculpture, cinema, architecture, myths, legends and above all the world how I experience it through outlook, feelings, emotions, nature and people around me; be it in my current living space or on my numerous travels, discoveries or pilgrimages to places I have fallen in love with, like receiving an update of a shot from a muse linked to a whole universe.
My writing is not so much the fruit of a painfully carrying out of techniques dictated by craft books as the observation and appropriating of what has come before and what I can witness and interpret for myself, first hand. Like all painters first spend hours copying great masters before launching onto their own path with their own fortified wingspan.
While sitting in a deckchair overlooking Tragumna Bay, in Ireland this summer, I plunged indifferently into Thomas Hardy’s Selected Poems from a lifetime of writing Poetry, inspired by the hills and dales of his beloved Dorset, also my birthplace, (during his lifetime Hardy considered himself foremost a Poet even though his commercial success came from his novels, in which, strikingly, his poetical prose is what shines through the most); Essays by Machiavelli and Homer; an anticipation novel by the surprising Bernard Weber, a former scientific journalist who became a best-selling author by imagining plots involving science, myths, esoteric beliefs, history, long-standing mysteries on the Human condition, philosophy and art. This particular novel mingled psychology, hypnosis, the legend of Atlantis, reincarnation and the uncovering of Pandora’s Box. My travel notebook which never leaves me when away from home is now full of new scribbles of poems on the verge of birth, etchings, philosophical thoughts, descriptive prose of plants, birds, the way the light slants on the rock on which I am perched, or the waves of sounds and smells that hit me while soaking in the landscape from a sandy cove; stories inspired by overheard conversations or observing the comings and goings of the Irish people, so calm and friendly.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and reading. Please feel free to leave a comment and share your own views on craft books and your relation to them when writing. Wishing you all a pleasant follow through from the summer.
The Brittany Coast. France, before embarking for Cork
County Cork, Ireland. Feels like Dorset and Cornwall, England
Early Morning Bathe in Tragumna Bay
Celtic Stone Circle
Our Holiday Cottage, seen from opposite cove
Bye Bye Ireland, I’ll be back….
Home sweet Home,Morning Writing