Worldbuilding — Korín, Sorín, and Arín 2021-09-16

By Max Woerner Chase

All right, I want to take the hook from outline to actual poem. And so, I just need to, like, do it, right? Just need to, make the thing, like, happen.

It's like I'm playing a text parser adventure game, and I don't know the right verb.

I hate this.

I'm going to hope that the problem is with writing poetry in general, and that maybe I can get better at this process by trying to write something less ambitious to start with. Smaller overall scope.

Okay, actually researching "how do I write poems" helped a bit with the hook. (I mean, English classes covered this some, but that was over a decade ago.)

I'm, actually not totally sure what I'm doing with this first stanza. Four lines, nine syllables each, ABAB rhyme scheme, and the stress is mostly dactylic trimeter. (Or maybe it's dactylic hexameter with internal rhymes?) Whatever, if I can keep this up, I'm good.

Okay, I've written, like, three and a half-ish stanzas, and I'm ready for a break.

One thing I'm worried about is handling the transitions between scenes. Maybe I need to jam another stanza in the middle of what I have so far?

I'll have to work on it later, and do some other research. For now, break. I'm going to get ready for bed, and see what I can squeeze in around it.

Good night.