“You can't use up creativity.
The more you use, the more you have."- Maya Angelou
Write With Verve
stop (even sleeping) and write it down,
First thought - Best thought - No judgement
Find a Vivid Listener
The first time you read a new poem aloud - the poem is fragile - so be choosy about who you share it with.
Receive Feedback Without Pushback
If you ask someone you respect for their feedback,
when they give it to you, try to receive it without pushback.
After you have worked on your piece and it is no longer fragile, it is important that you get out of the way of yourself, so you can receive feedback as a gift instead of criticism.
The point is, you are the writer and you get to pick and choose
every aspect of your work - you get to receive and reject every idea and possibility given to you. It is up to you to receive all the possibilities that are given and then weed through them and decide which ones should grow.
If you expect your editor to tell you, 'you're a genius,' please stop writing right now. You will always be disappointed and you will likely attack the people who you ask to help you.
If you don't want feedback - Don't ask for it!
It may be helpful for you to hear suggestions as possibilities.
Two Ways to Edit
One: On the page for the page (editing eyes)
Two: Off the page for the stage (editing ears)
One: Usually you give your text to an editor and they share their editorial ideas in and around the text itself, and they give it back to you for you to read and make changes.
Two: The text is edited orally. Usually I hire actors to read the text aloud to myself and the editor, and the editor takes notes much like a dramaturge would. The editor then gives me feedback orally. This is also how I work with people who ask for my feedback.
When I hear the text read aloud, it is a much different experience than reading the text on a page. The voice creates another level to the actual poem, which appeals to me as an oral traditionalist.
There are no rules. Everyone is different. And it is important that every writer explores their own expression.
Acknowledgement of Remedios Varo
"Still Life Resurrecting"
Sheri-D Wilson, D. Litt, C.M.
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