creative work, all writers need imagination, intuition, discipline,
and facility. These are the tools of your craft. How do you acquire
these tools? Through practice; through study; through failure. You
lay yourself right out there for others to accept or reject."
"My approach to lyrics and poetry is informal. Regardless,
it has not stopped me from putting my experiences, real or imagined,
into word pictures. The destination of intent is what I love about
writing. What are you trying to stimulate in the reader? Is your
purpose to give as clear and unambiguous a statement as possible,
or is the desired effect to encourage and challenge readers to become
greater participants by wording things in such a way that their
interpretive skills are brought more fully into play, or a combination
of the two approaches? This is the alchemy of writingthe power
and flexibility of words."
"The weight of words and their importance are in abundant evidence
in poetry, creating a music in the way the words fall upon our ears
(the cadence), and painting images in our mind supplemented from
experiences drawn from our lives. Our understanding of poetry often
reveals itself much later; we are simply drawn into the flow of
words, attaching meaning where we can. The intimate act between
writer and reader is the bestowed gift of shared response. Add music
and melody to the music of poetry and you have lyrics."