Not content with two blogs (this one and Pemberty’s Ponderings), two websites (my author site and Aussiereviews), last night I decided to have a go at Squidoo, and created a new lens Rhyme Time, which focuses on rhyming books for children. At present it’s mostly a collection of links, but I’m thinking I might also include some reviews of rhyming books. I’m pretty passionate about good rhyme.
The discussion of the A & R issue continues. The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has issued a statement urging bookbuyers to boycott Angus & Robertson stores.
On Making Light Teresa Nielsen Hayden has blogged about the two letters, and generated lots of discussion. Finally on Crikey, A & R has posted a response, ‘setting the record straight’.
In the meantime, as I said in my last post Children’s Book Week is coming up. Yesterday I stuffed thirty envelopes with Pemberthy Bear bookmarks to send to local schools to celebrate the big week. So if you’re in a school closish to Corrigin, look out for them.
A while back I posted a link to what I described as the best article about writing in rhyme I’d come across. It’s an article by Dori Cahonas, a US-based author of picture books, and (to save you digging for my original post), you’ll find it here.
Anyway, I still think it’s the best I’ve come across, but today I came across another useful article – well, actually a series of three articles – which are also really good. K. Pluta is another US Based author, and she tries to demystify the writing of rhyme by using lay-man’s language. If you try to write in rhyme, you should check out her articles here.
Writing in rhyme is hard work, but it’s lots of fun and can be rewarding. Some stories demand to be written in rhyme – others demand NOT to. But, if you do want to write for children, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have to write in rhyme. Rhyme is hard to write and harder still to get published. If you’re going to do it, you need to take the time to learn about rhythm and meter.
I write in rhyme and I write in prose. Good luck with whichever you decide to do.
No sightings of Pemberthy today. If you’ve seen Pemberthy Bear be sure to drop me a line and I’ll add your spot to the map.
Have a lovely weekend.
I worked this afternoon in my teaching job and came home with an idea for a new kids’ poem in my head, so I’ve just sat down and written the first draft. I opened up one of my favourite sites, looking for a rhyme for (of all things) ‘rhyme’. The site I used is Rhyme Zone. It’s a handy little tool which works like a rhyming dictionary. Type in a word and it will give you a list of rhyme matches, organised by syllables.
I use it often and will be using it again when it comes time to revise this poem and the one I wrote a few days ago.
Pemberthy decided to write a haiku this morning, and I helped him find some information about the form to include his blog.
The search led me to a site which has a listing of over 500 poetic forms. You can see the list here. Each poetic term is a clickable link which leads you to an explanation of the form and, in many cases, further links to examples of the form. It’s fun to experiment with different poetic forms. It can also be great for discipline.
Writing a haiku requires you to bare everything down to just 17 syllables. Abbreviated haiku, I’ve just discovered, have even less – just nine syllables. Other forms need very specific rhyme or rhythm patterns.
Even if you don’t think you’re a poet, why not have a go? You could start with something relatively simple (and fun) such as a limerick, or might want to challenge yourself with any of the other 500 forms. Pemberthy and I will certainly be exploring further.
Let me know how you get on.
Just a quick post this morning.
Avoiding housework (don’t tell my beloved) I clicked on a link in an email then clicked another link and eventually found a wonderful article about writing stories in rhyme by American author Dori Chaconas. It’s here.
It’s the best article about writing in rhyme I think I’ve come across. She explains about story elements, rhyme and rhythm patterns in detail, but in a way which is easy to understand. It has a lot to say to anyone who writes in rhyme – whether you are a beginner or more experienced.
I know I’ll be rereading it often.