There’s this blog hop post thingy going around lately called WIP: The Next Big Thing. My friend, Cinta, was kind enough to tag me in her post along with some other great authors. Thank you Cinta!
Basically once you’re tagged in this blog hopping post, you need to do a few things. One of them is to thank the person who tagged you, again, thank you Cinta (for giving me more work to do 😛 😛 and more 😛 ). The next thing is for me to answer the questions that go along with the post. These are about my WIP (work in progress). Because mine is a book of poetry, I’m going to alter the questions a little more to fit the type of work it is. It won’t change much though and I’ll have fun with it. Lastly I’ll be choosing 5 other authors to tag in this post….they will become The Next Big Thing’s next big victims…MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Ok now on to the questions 🙂
What’s the working title of your WIP?
I’m going to be honest here. I don’t have a title, working title or non-working title. I’ve put very little thought into this over the time I’ve been putting it together. It’s the same way with my poems individually. I don’t normally ave a name for them until the first draft is finished. Hopefully, since the collection is closing in on a finished first draft, I can put some thought into a title.
Where did the idea come from for your book?
I first thought about putting together a collection of my poems a little after I learned about the self-publishing/indie publishing world. Knowing that I could control virtually all aspects of my book helped me get excited to start working on something. I had a good amount of poems from a big senior project when I was studying creative writing. All I needed to do was to keep writing and fit all the pieces together. Sounds somewhat simple when I put it that way….though the works still piling up.
What genre does your book fall under?
Poetry. That’s not exactly a genre…but it’s something. I don’t really know the “genres” of poetry if there are any. I would say (that I’d like to believe) a good amount of the poems lean toward confessional poetry, similar to (but in no way as good as) Plath, Sexton, etc.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Again, I write poetry. I don’t think there’d ever be a movie made from it. If there was I’d like to play myself…if I qualify as a character….eh, I don’t even know where to go with this question haha.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Um…hmm….”A poet’s self-therapeutic journey though emotions, verse, and a thesaurus” Sound catchy enough? I’ll work on that one.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published all the way! INDIES UNITE!!! On, let’s sound less revolutionary about this. I’d be going self-pub with this. I don’t want to deal with outside influences on my work, the cover, the price, etc. I want to write this collection, get it published, and make it as affordable as possible for those who want to read it. I already know that poetry is harder than anything else to sell in today’s (and probably any other time’s) market. I want the ability to sell it for a dollar is I feel the need to do so.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
My first draft isn’t finished yet. It’s not exactly close to being finished, I’m close to halfway I think. I’ve been working in the components of this draft for close to two years now, I think.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I feel that this question is strange. I’d like to think a majority of people answering the questions won’t be able to because they’ve been able to create a unique story without borrowing heavily from any one story.
If I needed to “compare” my work I’d say, no thank you. It have been heavily influenced by other poets, but I still feel it doesn’t resemble any actual poetry from someone else.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
There are a few people. They’ve inspired the writing of this book in different ways. One person is my father, a main component of these poems. Another person who inspired the writing of this collection doesn’t show directly in the poems. He’s Dr. James Allen Hall, my professor for four semesters at SUNY Potsdam and the person who helped me the most with my poetry over the years. Because of his classes and his advice I’ve been give the confidence and skill to attempt at making my first collection of poetry. Thirdly, there are all the poets I’ve read in the past. They’ve inspired me as well. Not just in how to write, but in making me strive to get my poetry to masses like they’ve done in their lives.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My collection of poetry is some of the rawest, most honest, most painful, yet much needed therapy I’ve given myself over the years. Through writing it, not only do I get to share with others what goes on in my head…I also get to share with myself things that have been deep down for too long. But don’t worry, that sounds very emo…and it’s not.
I write poetry in attempts to keep it accessible to readers not familiar with or who do not lean toward poetry normally. I think there’ll be something for everyone in here. I can only hope.
Now time to tag some people.