Shout Out to #RhymeRevolution!

I’m starting May with a big shout out to Rhyme Revolution!

I love this month long celebration of rhyme, even if I don’t really write that much rhyme. The thing is, I LOVE rhyme, I love learning the tricks of the rhyme trade from excellent rhymers/authors, and I just love being a part of Angie Karcher’s community.

You will, too, even though, yes, it’s a little late for you to win in the giveaways BUT it’s not too late for you to be a winner! Angie has tons of opportunities available if you want to improve your mad rhyming skills, so zip over to the fun stuff information and join up with her!

(And P.S. I’ve taken a class from Angie and she’s the bomb diggity as Youngest Junior Hall would say. Not sure what that means when he says it, but when I say it, it means you’ll get your money’s worth and more!)

Tuesday Tip: Rhyme Time (Or Yes You Can! Maybe.)

ImageWhether you pen poetry or picture books or anything in between, understanding rhyme helps you write better. If you can get a good grasp of meter and beat and rhythm in your writing–whether you actually rhyme or not–your words will sing on the page.

But most of us fools just rush in where angels (and very experienced writers) fear to tread. That is to say, we write a rhyming poem or story and think, “Wheee! I’m brilliant!”

Sometimes, we are. Most of the time, we are not. And this is the royal “we” I’m using as I’m including my high-falootin’ self in this group. Honestly, I’ve always loved poetry. I loved poetry when I was just a wee, little child (A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES was one of my favorite books!) and I read books of poetry through my elementary school years, to high school, to college and beyond. I have a book three inches thick of favorite poetry I’ve copied down that I still thumb through (and it includes my own poetry as well. Um…I skip those dreadful verses).

The point is, friends, loving verse and understanding how verse works is not the same. So if you’re way past your schooling years and those boring classes where you had to read poetry and mark scansion and such (which you totally never really got, anyway), you might be ready to look at poetry again and perhaps fall in love with verse (and improve your own). Here’s a good place to start: For Better For Verse.

And then you’ll be ready in April when RhyPiBoMo comes around.

Or maybe just ready to take a second look at that poem you wrote and thought was brilliant. You know, before you actually send it out into the world.