Along with my friend–Jordan–I attend a monthly poetry critique. I’m a bit nervous. This is our second month and the first time that I will be sharing a piece. I decided to use “The Wailing Wall” for my piece–partly because it’s short and partly because the others are extremely personal. I hope to gain a better grasp on how to develop my poetry through these work sessions. I’ve already done pretty good by writing more often. Getting the input of other poets will be priceless.
I wrote 1,300 words today. I ended up combining two chapters into one. Now I’m getting a little worried that by word count will fall short of 70,000. Although this isn’t entirely a bad thing, I would really prefer it to be in the golden range of 70,000-80,000. I do have a short list of extra scenes I could include if I need the content. I might have to end up using it. None of them are fluff–I just wasn’t sure how to include them initially. The editing of this book will be complicated anyway. I might as well make it even more complicated…right?