Thank you to Rosie Garland who asked me to take part in the #mywritingprocess blog tour. Welcome Jane Moss! Rosie’s link was http://bit.ly/NNpz4Q
1) What am I working on?
i am putting a new collection of poetry together at the moment. The working title is ‘Painting the Spiral Staircase’. I do actually own a staircase that is a fire escape into my back yard! I have not yet written the poetry that goes with this title, except perhaps in my dreams.
The rest of the poems are at the stage of trying to work out which to keep and which to put on a maybe pile.
I am hoping this Easter to begin that process and to see if they are linked with an overall shape or theme. I think my father features quite a lot, and a strong sense of place.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This feels difficult to answer. I think what is unusual about my work is its strong sense of voice – a voice that is particular to me. It is a well travelled, but rather Northern one. Also, I think I have a very visual way of looking at the world, quite surreal in places. Other writers often comment on my use of image and metaphor. I am very physical and sense-based in my writing.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I think I write for a sense of play, and I always feel more here in the world after spending time writing, particularly poetry. So I do think the process is connected to my identity. I write when I am full of joy, or upset or simply want to work out an imaginative take on the world. I do respond to what I see, over hear, touch, taste or listen to on the radio. I am not overtly political but it seems to creep in as an undertone in my writing. I do like telling stories!
4) How does your writing process work?
In short fast bursts. Late at night, early in the morning, when my son is asleep. I write when I have insomnia and I write in workshops. I have a really good group of writing friends who I like sitting with and writing with. I also write after reading other poets’ work – which inspires me. I don’t have a particular routine but I do try and write at least every other day. I also keep a notebook and diary.
The writers who have agreed to take part next week are Jane Moss and Robert Graham.
Jane Moss is a writer who works with family stories and personal histories. She works with bereavement counseling services, using writing to enable people to reflect on loss and change, and to enjoy positive memories. Her book Writing in Bereavement, A Creative Handbook, is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and she has recently contributed an eight-part feature series to Family Tree magazine, for people writing about their family history. Jane lives in Cornwall just above sea level for which, given the winter we have just had, she is very grateful.
Robert Graham is a novelist and short story writer who also teaches creative writing at MMU, near Manchester. His latest publication is When You Were A Mod, I Was A Rocker,
a box of hand-printed short stories, which Like This Press published in 2013. Inside the box, each story is published in its own pamphlet, each with a cover illustration by artist Hannah Dickinson. http://www.likethispress.co.uk/publications/robertgraham
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I know I need to find one other writer but quite a few of the people I know have already taken part…