My interest in poetry stems from being on the receiving end of some spectacularly romantic prose in high school by my girlfriend. To this day, I find her word smiting in a different category from us mere mortals, and consider myself lucky to be the recipient of such a talented (and pretty) young woman’s literary creativity.
While I was doing my stint in corporate America in the ‘90’s as a hack writer, I could write nothing but hack material and poetry. Today, however, I have a fondness for writing poetry because it is different than novel writing. When I finish a 100,000 word novel, my brain yearns to write something, anything, than speculative fiction. Sometimes, I write short stories set in a historical context. Sometimes, I’ll write something modern and romantic. Sometimes, I’ll even write a script.
Sometimes, I’ll even write a blog post. Ha, ha, ha.
How about you? Do you find yourself, in that occasional space between novel and editing, writing off the rails?