My intention was to prove that with a basic idea for a story, it would be straightforward to start with a simple poem and develop things from there.
I started with a notion of a brave young fighter pilot in World War II, at about the time of the Battle of Britain.
Stage 1. I wrote three x four line verses.
Stage 2. I padded the first three verses out with three more, and that was the poetry completed.
Stage 3. I considered the ingredients of a short story, combined with my idea for a plot.
Stage 4. I wrote the story in one straight session, and found that it altered slightly from the original idea. I went with the flow, as I knew I should.
Stage 5. Only on completion of the story, and with it fresh in my mind, I rapidly listed about 20 possible titles. I relaxed with a coffee and reduced my list to three top contenders.
The title had to be relevant, and at the same time capture the imagination. It had to convince prospective readers that there was a good story to follow.
I left the story for a couple of days, and then did my first proper edit. I left it another two days and did another edit. I’ve no doubt I’ll try to improve on what I have now, but for anybody who’d like to see the finished article:
Thank you for indulging me and making this journey with me.
5 thoughts on “Why is it good to try writing poetry? Part 5”
Great post! Left a comment on your story too….
Thank you Paul. I felt I had to summarise, but add a little more to finish off the series.
Been watching the poetry develop with interest. Seems to be going very well for you!
Also: I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you want to accept it, follow the link and see what you have to do: http://princessofdragons.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/the-liebester-award/
Hello Princess and thank you for such a consideration. I will of course accept, and I’ve been to check out the details at your site. You’re on schedule for a visit during my patrol tomorrow.
Now that you’ve read the final post in the ‘Why is it …’ mini-series, I wonder if you’ve checked out the resulting story yet.
Until my visit tomorrow, thanks again. x
🙂 I didn’t tear up reading it, honest. And it’s my pleasure to nominate you when you’ve been nothing but encouraging to me and my fledging writing 🙂
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