Poems, poems poems… a busy week! My fiction has been taking a bit of a back seat lately with all my poetry publications. My latest batch of featured poems appear this week in The Sound of Poetry Review.

Are poems really any easier to write than fiction? Many writers I speak to say, yes. As for me, I suppose I’d say not especially so. Whenever inspiration strikes, I usually have to mull the idea over for a while before a poem or short story materialises fully formed on paper. For a poem, it takes a few minutes for me to jot it down and for a story, depending on the length, anything up to an hour. I rarely edit my poetry. No line changes, no vocab changes, no rewriting of any stanzas. Maybe I’m weird like that, but it comes together in my head as a complete piece before I even write it down. On the other hand, my stories tend to go through one or two drafts before I’m happy with them. Every writer has their own style, of course. But what I like most is being able to whip out a notebook on the train and write a poem on the go, or a quick bit of micro-fiction. A flash in the pan equals two poems in the hand… or something like that!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

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