When I’m beginning something new, I often start by writing about the writing. I just came across these words in an old notebook last month:
I think it’s going to be important to tell May’s story as a story in verse. The idea is a challenge and is precise, focusing on the small moments. With the reading I’ve done, the small moments need to tie to the whole. So many [pioneer] women’s voices are real, raw, accessible via first-hand accounts, and while I’m not picturing a journal, the sparseness of such a piece is the aim. The reader is present. The circumstance clear. Little dialogue to distract. We’ll see.
Another writing challenge I’ve never encountered, which sounds hard, immediate, and authentic. More reading to do. Karen Hesse.
I want to honor these women of the past by being as close to the bone as possible.