All items: Neil Rollinson

How does one describe a baby, or anything else for that matter? How forensically, how deeply, does one investigate? And in the investigation, what is turned up?
"Avoid the use of abstract nouns", he said, "that's what's holding your poetry back". It was a revelation. Now its the first piece of advice I give students when I teach creative writing.
These fanciful accounts seek to minimise the role of the artist or the writer as if they were merely a conduit for some larger, more explicable force. I'm not sure that's helpful. For me engagement is an important part of the process.
All writers are familiar with the horrors of the blank page, but just what is the process that leads to filling it with words? Neil Rollinson has some thoughts on this, and on what happens after words are committed to paper.