On Tuesday, I got a surprise in my email inbox. It was a poem that John has written for me, and I have to say I love it. I’ve never been written a love poem before, though I have written many of them. I wrote one about John back in December, since I make it a habit to write about such things. Almost half of my poems are actually male influenced. So I wrote him one back, and this is the first poem I have actually written for someone other than myself. I unfortunately am not going to post either of them, because they are just too personal for me to be posting around, which is also strange because I’ve never had a problem with posting personal romantic things before. All I can say in way of explanation is that: John is different.
I like the poem he wrote me for several reasons. A) It has an interesting rhythm to it that goes from a structured free-verse, to unstructured and then back to structured. B) well its about me C) it has some really nice images and wordings to it. D) its honest and open in a way that is sometimes difficult to convey through speech.
I’ve always liked reading love poems, and some of my favorites to read are by ee cummings, Rumi, and of course the Bronte sisters who are probably my favorite classic authors.
What is everyone else’s experiences with love poems, have you had them written for you, do you write them, read them, do you like them, dislike them?
Three weeks ago I got an idea for a romance novel and started doing some very basic character development, but what was taking up most of my time was Jim Butcher’s book numero 10; Changes . I went to his website looking for the release date of the next book and found out that he had a blog, I took a look at it out of curiosity and was wowed to find out that it was about writing, and I highly recommend looking at it. His blog helped me to formulate an action plan for getting some solid ground work done. Then it cornered me. I got a story arc in place, then moved onto character arcs and finally got down to the chapter outlines just at the start of this week. I got 27 chapters outlined in detail in two days, gave it a day to rest then made sure everything matched up.I then taped everything to my wall using electrical tape, an idea I copy Catted from my friend Nuno Soler who is a screen writer, roles his own cigarettes and has an awesome tattoo that says “storyteller.” he’s also just generally pretty brilliant. I know that I will add more as I write, which I plan to start tomorrow evening or Monday.
In order of Appearance we have: The Whole Damn Thing.
Character Arc’s CloseUp
A Chapter Outline CloseUp
A basic Character profile for one of my secondaries.
Thanks for reading!