Saturday, April 21, 2012

How I Prepare for a Weeklong Writing Residency...

My Writing Space in my Room - Frida, fingerless gloves, sweetpeas...

I am getting ready to spend eight days writing.

I have a writing residency coming up where I'll be focusing on my third poetry manuscript.  I am so excited to go and oddly, I hope the weather turns ugly, so I can sit inside and write without feeling guilty for not getting my sunshine.

For me, getting ready means this--

1) Print out manuscript and all poems I want to include in it

2)  Pack a bag of poetry books that inspire me

3)  Research info I may want to have on hand when I'm revising my collection

4)  Do something outside --walk, hike, kayak, garden-- where I can consider my manuscript as a whole:

   a.  What shape does this manuscript want?
   b.  What are the themes of this manuscript?
   c.  If I were to have a sentence about this manuscript what would it be?  And do I really want to be able to say my manuscript in a sentence?
   d.  What did I leave out and what was I afraid to share or write about?
   e.  Where did I repeat myself?
   f.  What poems do I still have to write?
   g.  What title would bring this mss to another level?

My manuscript is also untitled right now, so I'm thinking a lot about that.

Also, we will be in a different apartment, so I'm hoping that works out.  My hope is that the new space will inspire new thoughts and new poems.

Here are some photos from my last writing residency--

Food & Drink for the week... Thank you Trader Joe's

Always good to know.

View from our Writing Studio

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