D.L. Lang is the author of Tea & Sprockets: A Modern American Poetry Book and Your Poetry eBook: Quick & Easy Formatting for Kindle. She is currently working on her latest poetry book, Abundant Sparks. D.L. Lang is also known for her films The Hebrew Project and Liquid Wind and her singles “Last Chance Disaster” and “Wilderness” as Tranquoizier.
She lives in Marin County, California with her husband, where they enjoy copious amounts of Judaism, nature, and indie music. Lang also has a great fondness for penguins, studying history, and unlocking genealogical discoveries.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration for me hits in the calm between the storms. I can have several very eventful days, or periods of turmoil, and then as I settle back into the mundane every day, the poetry hits me, and I have to write it down. Sometimes my inspiration can be hearing a great song with a moving story, being outside in nature, conversations with people I admire, or just needing an outlet for dealing with my own humanity, both the good and the bad. I decided I wanted to write at age 11. I took a few detours along the way, but I am back to my original focus, and the poetry keeps flowing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most often I compose poetry in my head while I’m doing something else. Ideas will just come to me at the oddest times, often when I am not near a piece of paper, or my hands are otherwise occupied. If I sit down specifically to write, it is generally a stream of consciousness experience. I also edit as I write, constantly re-reading and gaging rhythm and rhyme. Most of my poems are the first drafts, though on occasion I will completely rewrite a poem if I think the meaning is too cloudy, or in the case of some more personal poems, too obvious.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write every day, or close to every day. Read as much as you can to expand your vocabulary. Network with other writers. They are your partners in art. Experience life to the fullest and write it down. Most of all, have fun, and don’t get caught up in the notion of money over art. Love what you do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It was a dream of mine since I was a child to get my poetry published somehow. As soon as I found an avenue to start making print on-demand books, I put the first draft of Tea & Sprockets together on Cafepress in 2004. After several editions, constantly adding poems, I finally closed the book on Tea & Sprockets in 2011, having it formally self-published with ISBN through CreateSpace. I have taken a renewed interest in my writing this year (2013), so the Kindle edition is slightly different, yet the poems are the same.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
E-publishing is leveling the playing field for indie authors of all types to get discovered. It’s a very liberating experience to know that I can be writing something today and potentially have it for sale tomorrow. The cream will still rise to the top, and I think there will always be room for traditional books as opposed to ebooks.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Contemporary Poetry, Poetry Writing Reference
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print