Novel Writing Winter starts on January 1st 2013 and runs through to March 20th (for more information see SarahPotterWrites). So what is my novel going to be? I am looking at a collection of prose poems, called Nosedive Crawling, which together form a whole. It was originally planned as a conventional plot driven novel but parenting is inherently without plot. Contemporary novels, mainly written from a female perspective, tend not to be about parenting but rather a secondary plot form applied to motherhood. I wanted my material to speak with more integrity. By retelling the story through a series of prose poems I feel I can capture the unpredictability of day to day living. I do not want the pieces to become over sentimental, nor do I want the collection to be downbeat – I want to create a photo album in text that captures, with honesty, the calms and storms of full-time fatherhood. Themes will include, sexism, humour, isolation, differing viewpoints on parenting, mental health, domestic violence, sexual stereotypes, and the inescapable landscape of the Rhondda. I will use surrealism, one of the recurring elements of prose poetry to showcase the magic and fantasy elements of child development.
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