Welcome to my guest page. Here, every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation, over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, if they are not driving, with a friend about their work in progress, or latest book release. I’ll be talking to all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers.
Today we welcome to the clubhouse tearoom, Bethany Camille James. Bethany is a poet. so if I may start by asking you, when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
Thats such a interesting question. What drew me to my chosen genre was the personal connection. Love is something I desire. I think most creatures need love in some aspect. Romance and spirituality are my themes.
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
My strongest writing elements is metaphors. Also, I use imagery and word play. The use of prose and poetry help me use alot of writing elements. I try to research proper writing technique.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
I like this question. I try my hand at accepted ideas. However, I do them in a new fashion or way. For example, daily I try to do inspirational/encouraging edits. The message is usually short hand poetry and the edits are artistic representation of my poems. The actual edit is something I sell and has sentimental value to how I started as a writer. Moreover, it takes me time to produce quality edits.
Do you write a synopsis of poetry first or do you plan your poem and let it lead you ?
I am a outline type of girl. This is such a valid question. It really depends on how well I planned out a writing style/concept. For example, I researched how to write my synopsis after I planned and executed my book. I am into making poetry and writing on the spot or freestyle with lots of notes/structure.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
Absolutely. A great example of this is how I created a mood board on my blog from art therapy sessions. It is entitled the following; “Art therapy leads to a better me.” My assignment was to craft a book from artistic tools of long term and short term goals. Mood swings can garner how you feel about you and the world around you. It can and will greatly influence your writing.
What did you learn when writing your book (story, play or poem, nonfiction)? In writing it, how much research did you do?
My book is primarily research and technique. Without research I would not have known how to guide my writing. Have you ever seen someone make a cake? It takes the obvious right? Ingredients and a good recipe. Well, if you make it from scratch you must know technique. Or, you probably won’t be successful or even pleased with the final product. Meaningful research led to the best final product I could produce.
Did you uncover things about yourself while writing your poem whether that be a long forgotten memory, a positive experience etc?
One thing I learned is about people in general. This interview has amazing questions right… Well, thats how people are with human interactions. The more “human and natural” one’s writing is the more people understand. Thats why I go to great lengths to explain my thoughts and mullings. Overall, the entire experience has been unforgettable and enriching.
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
I do word count based on writing structure or individual project(s). For example, some poetry styles have set word count and other times when doing things in repetition my word count naturally comes to under 100 words. However, with my book I tried alot of different word count/ formatting due to the variety of poetry.
How many hours in a day do you write?
At least 3 to 5 hours daily. However, that includes just thought process. I write quickly. Outside of my daily schedule and everyday responsibilites I run a digital store front, writing/poetry encouragement outlet, and share my poetry collection.
How long on average does it take you to write a book poem?
My only book is a series of revisions and lots of time/effort. I take a series of steps to achieve something valuable. I still am working on my book (The Big Game Volume 1:Spirituality and Love- Remastered Edition. My goal is to be remembered for it and for my words to be cherished.
Social media links:
1. Pre Audiobook Recitation by God Sounds:
2. The Big Game Poetry Collection- Wedding Night
3. Checkout The Big Game Poetry Collection- Wedding Night