I don’t have any rules at all, just tendencies. Generally speaking I finish a song in the same session where I sat down to write it. Generally speaking if it’s not done in a few days, I’m going to assume it has nothing of value to say and will just move along. If this were a rule it would be a really ridiculous one though given that both “This Year” and “Up the Wolves” were written over several sittings with resting times of several weeks or more.
I do have rules of prosody that are actually more like religious beliefs to me (1. never change the way a word is pronounced to force it to fit the line / no forcing unstressed syllables to bear stress, ever) but that’s not really the same as what you’re talking about, I think.
Neil Hilborn’s debut spoken word album, NORTHBOUND, is available now! Check out the ridiculous video (most fun we’ve ever had making anything), and head over to iTunes or Bandcamp to download the album!
So this is a promo video for my first spoken word album. It’s silly and I think you should watch it and then buy my album.
Nate Marshall’s chapbook, Blood Percussion, is now available at the Button Shop!
Also, ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT to submit to Button’s 2014 Chapbook Contest. Awesome prizes, and the chance to be published and filmed alongside our incredible roster of authors, including Aziza Barnes, J. Scott Brownlee, Sam Sax, and Nate.