Sunday, June 27, 2010

Writer's Meme

This was on Book of Kells a while back and I'm just now getting around to answering it. If you haven't already answered these then consider yourself tagged if you're reading this.

1. What's the last thing you wrote? - A text message to my wife.

2. Is it any good? - I suppose for what it was intended. We aren't talking the Great Amerinan Novel.

3. What's the first thing you ever wrote that you still have? – I honestly can't don’t recall.

4. Favorite genre of writing? - Poetry.

5. How often do you get writer's block? - At least once every three or four months I get what I’d refer to as “writers funk” which starts like this: What I write would irk a bird if I lined his/her cage with it. Sometimes it lasts days or even weeks. In some instances (though rare) it will ultimately paralyze me and leave me in a writers block.

6. How do you fix it? – Usually two things. Hold my nose and keep writing to push my way through it. I also turn to reading several poets that I admire to remind myself that the printed word can be a powerful thing.

7. Do you save everything you write? – Any more, yes. I’d say that I capture about 98% of it, though it is not especially well organized unless it’s something I believe has promise.

8. How do you feel about revision? -  It would be the only things that saves me 85 % of the time. It’s a necessity I not only accept but endorse.

9. What's your favorite thing that you've written?  Oh my. Hard to say - I guess without dwelling on it probably "Sport Utality Poem" or "Night Wish".

10. What's everyone else's favorite thing that you've written?  Probably "Tiananmen Mother" or "We Missed".

11. What writing projects are you working on right now? I have an on again off again manuscript that becons me at times. The working title is "File Folder" which is the name of what I would envision as that title poem. Something I wrote several years ago. Every few months I try changing the concept of it. It truly has more control of me then I of it.

12. What's one genre you have never written, and probably never will? - Horror. It's very likely I never will.



Lucindyl said...

Good meme, Michael. I stole it immediately.

Something that intrigues me is that for both of us, our favorite pieces aren't those that are others' favorites. Did you choose yours on the basis of subject matter or on crafting, or on a mixture of both?

Michael A. Wells said...


I can't really say that subject matter had anything to do with the choices. One, "Nighht Wish" was one of those rear poems that just falls in your lap. It's short and I think the word economy has something to do with why I like it. But unlike most everything else I write it required almost no revision.

"Sports Utality Poem" was kind of fun, and it was taken by Fine Arts Journal that I was quite honord to appear in. I think these factors influence why I chose them. Ironically I especially enjoy writing from a very abstract point of view. None of these poems are in that catagory. Not the two that are generally the favorites of others nor the two I selected.

I have to scoot over to your blog and see what you had to say now.