Â Hey yâ€™all.Â Iâ€™m here in the Crescent City writing on a public library computer.Â I tried to submit my column last night, on time, but a glitch in submissions with Gather lost my post.Â Since I was paying 40 cents a minute at the Marriot on Canal Street, I didnâ€™t want to try to resubmit.Â Enough money had vanished to cyberspace.
Earlier this month I was with my family at Itasca State Park in Minnesota.Â We waded right across the beginnings of the Mississippi.Â Last night I ferried across the end of that same great river.Â It was different, but yet the same water, same name.Â From the headwaters to the Gulf, what a trip that river takes.Â If only it could tell me.
How conveniently that leads into my focus for the day.Â Persona and Â personification.Â Both of these techniques add richly to ones writing.Â An entire genre of poetry is dedicated to the Persona, which is a type of dramatic monologue.Â Itâ€™s one of my favorite styles of writing as I love to do the research.Â
Once I wrote a poem about someone who committed suicide by walking into Lake Superior (which I later decided was too cold) with weights in her pockets. In order to write accurately, I walked into a lake in October of that year so that I could record the sensations.Â I wisely plugged my nose as I walked into full submersion.Â What I discovered is that the water was so frigid it caused me to involuntarily gasp deeply.Â With my hand over my mouth and clamped on my nose, I avoided choking on the icy water with only a small amount being sucked in.
Last weekâ€™s focus on accuracy overlaps with this weekâ€™s focus on using a writing style of the persona.Â Have you ever tried writing in anotherâ€™s voice?Â How did you get into that space?Â
Prompts for July 29, 2009
- Use the technique known as persona
- Include the word “possession”
- Reference transportation in some way
- Make this piece dramatic
- Tag with wwe
If you tag with wwe, I will definitely comment on it.Â I will also request that the other Writing Essential editor/members either accept those submissions or leave them for me to accept.Â I check the queue daily.Â When Iâ€™m not eating breakfast at CafÃ© du Monde or strolling along Burbon Street, that is.
Also, Iâ€™m sorry I havenâ€™t commented on last weekâ€™s submissions nor am I linking you to them now.Â I will get to that asap when Iâ€™ve returned home.