During a recent event at which myself and two other novelists were reading, fellow Angry Robot author, Rod Duncan, remarked his development as a writer had progressed like this:
Poet → Short Story Writer → Novelist.
“Aren’t all writers like that?” He asked me when we talked about it afterwards. Whilst I recognised a similar pattern of evolution in myself, I wasn’t at all sure it was a universal characteristic of fiction writers. It made me wonder if, perhaps, many novelists take a similar path but just never talk about it publicly.
Rod’s casual statement was the first time I’d heard anyone else ‘admit’ to finding their genesis in verse and yet I identified with it entirely. In my case, poetry had been about testing the literary water, simply to see if I could swim. Dip a toe with a first line of rhyme, paddle up to the ankles with a couple of stanzas, perhaps chance a small wave going ‘above the knee’ with a finished haiku, limerick or villanelle.~ read more ~