Hannah Gamble: Imagination, Discomfort and The Rolodex of Delight

Oct 08, 2019, 01:06 AM

What propels you to the page? Listen to Hannah Gamble talk about her creative writing process, how she lets feelings get cluttered until she is too vexed to procrastinate anymore. After that she scrolls through the Rolodex of Delights in her mind, flipping through options, experimenting with different possibilities, and finding the most fun ideas to fill her poems. Sometimes this comes easily. Sometimes it takes years to grow enough feeling to fully follow the impulse. Rewrite Strategy: Read the poem out loud to a group or a friend. What parts are you excited to say? What parts feel stale or boring? Keep what you like and cut what doesn’t bring you delight.

What propels you to the page? Listen to Hannah Gamble talk about her creative writing process, how she lets feelings get cluttered until she is too vexed to procrastinate anymore. After that she scrolls through the Rolodex of Delights in her mind, flipping through options, experimenting with different possibilities, and finding the most fun ideas to fill her poems. Sometimes this comes easily. Sometimes it takes years to grow enough feeling to fully follow the impulse. 

Rewrite Strategy: Read the poem out loud to a group or a friend. What parts are you excited to say? What parts feel stale or boring? Keep what you like and cut what doesn’t bring you delight.