I have a great desktop background at the moment called ‘Shed in a Field’.
What I like about it is this rickety looking wooden shed made up of lots of overlapping or uneven pieces which someone all manage to hang together. A bit like our lives I think. I often feel, especially as a writer, full of lots of uneven and misfitting pieces that hardly hang together. The shed also has thick moss on its roof perhaps reminiscent of age and experience. But after feeling discouraged about my writing this week, having had a much loved poem of mine torn apart at a writing group I have decided to quit the ‘feeling sorry for me’ syndrome and try to take some of the advice on board. The result is I think a better poem.
I also want to give credit to the advice of fellow RNA writer, Liz Fenwick for her excellent advice in ‘Writer’s Forum’ magazine this month in her article ‘Taking the long road’. She has just had her first novel ‘The Cornish House’ published but it is the eighth novel Liz has actually written! What’s more she doesn’t regret any of the time it’s taken her to get to her debut novel but says the time has given her the “opportunity to grow as a writer” and “to find my voice”. Maybe I too have a bit more growing to do so that all the different pieces hang together better even if in a higgledy piggledy fashion. Thanks to Liz and the little Shed for this week’s inspiration.
Oh dear, sorry you found the workshop so discouraging. It Is supposed to be helpful., constructive criticism.
Its good fun to play around with the poems a bit and see if what is suggested works – as I’ve said in my latest blog, two heads are often better than one, but in the final analysis, the voice is yours and you can always put it back how you had it in the first place. The whole writing thing is a massive learning curve but it can be an adventure of learning if we see it that way. I'd be interested to hear the poem again now that you’ve worked on it.