Courtney: a girl with a quiescent soul and a laugh and voice as loud as thunder.
Anonymous said: I'm so proud of you for fighting your demons, you give me hope <3
Thank you so much, you kind soul.
3 years free today.
Anonymous said: could you describe your writing process, esp. for poetry? how did you "learn" to write? c:
My writing process has changed considerably over the years, but I’ll describe it as it is now!
Back when I was in school for writing, I had to write 3 poems a week. During that time I would sit down and force myself to write until an idea came from me. That was a very stressful process for me and I didn’t feel satisfied with my work because it felt forced.
Now that I am not in school for writing, I let poems come to me. Whenever I feel inspired to write I sit down at my computer and write without holding anything back. Back when I was in school for writing I censored myself a lot and now I work hard not to do so and just let myself be honest.
After I have gotten a draft down I will reread it many times and remove/add things as I see necessary. Generally, the transformations my poems go through from first to last draft is minuscule. I think that the original idea is the most authentic and holds the most emotional weight, so I try not to stray far away from that.
I have been writing my entire life, but I didn’t ‘learn’ to write until I went to the Chicago Academy for the Arts. There I was a writing major and had writing classes like fiction, poetry, workshops, and screenwriting every afternoon. We had readings and attended readings and writers conferences. At CAA I learned the formal elements of writing, but writing has always been apart of me.