If we met at a party and you asked me what I do, I would reply, “I’m a writer. I write short stories and non-fiction articles.” I haven’t always been so bold. It took a long time for me to have the confidence to call myself a writer. It was my first sale that gave me the courage to do so, the affirmation that comes from an editor saying, ‘We like this and will pay you - please send an invoice”.
Apparently I am also a poet. It says so here in Mslexia so it must be true.
|From Mslexia, Issue 68 (Dec 2015)|
I don’t write poetry very often. When I do it is invariably short and often best described as doggerel. What Mslexia have published here in the current edition was written with my tongue firmly pressed against the inside of my cheek. It is of course undisguised plagiarism and unashamed fawning. I certainly didn’t expect to be described as “a poet” on the basis of those 4 lines!
Although I won £20 once for a haiku, which must surely reveal some poetic literary merit:
She writes in stillness
The better to feel the words
Dancing in her head
How do you describe yourself to strangers? Novelist, writer, poet, journalist? Do you answer confidently or hesitate?
So as it’s Christmas and I’m feeling frivolous, let’s have some fun. Comment on this blog (or favourite / retweet / like on social media) and I will endeavour to reply to you poetically here.