Gail Thornton ~ Live Chat. February 26 3 pm EDT
26/02/2013 at 15:03 #1422
Hi there Janet!26/02/2013 at 15:05 #1423
Hi there Laurie! I’ve answered for both the poem and the book above>26/02/2013 at 15:05 #1424
Wow! 40 years of inspiration? When did you first realize you could write poetry??26/02/2013 at 15:08 #1425
I was ten yeas old when I began writing poetry, but first fell in love with it with “There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.” haha It had that dark humor I love so well.26/02/2013 at 15:10 #1426
Q. You have said in previous interviews that you edited your poems numerous times. What were you editing for? Was it grammar, spelling, emotion or all of the above? How do you know when you are done with the edits for a poem?
A. (Smiles) Great question. For the most part, none of the above. I do correct those things after I have written the poem, but the edits I was talking about have to do with extra words and word choice. I write the poem out longhand. After rearranging lines if needed, I go through the poem line by line cutting every unnecessary word while keeping the original meaning in tact. Regarding word choice, usually the original poem has the feeling correct, but I want a more precise word to convey it in certain lines. This might be a color, a texture, a metaphor or an image to replace what was originally there. I know I am done when I can cut no more and the poem has the fullness I wanted.26/02/2013 at 15:11 #1427
What’s you favorite genre to write, Gail?
🙂26/02/2013 at 15:15 #1428
My favorite genre to write is memoir, Janet. I am writing a second memoir right now, and it depends on more writing craft than the first. I like memoir because I am writing what I know, even if memoirs in general are one person’s perception of events.26/02/2013 at 15:16 #1429
So when you write poems do you start with a feeling and then write until you achieve the feeling? Is that the concept? or do you see something and decide to write? hear something? What inspires you when you write? I mean does the idea form fully then get put to paper or does it form as you write?26/02/2013 at 15:19 #1430
This upcoming memoir may in fact be marketed as a novel, I haven’t decided and want to get legal advice for it. It reveals not only dark truths about myself, but also those of others.26/02/2013 at 15:20 #1431
thanks, Gail… that brings me to another question… how do you remember so well so many events from so early in your life? Did you journal, even as a child? Or do you rely on the memories of others?
It seems it would be hard to articulate how you felt some 30 years prior, but you sure did a great job with GIL!
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