I showed a couple of fellow writers my children's story in rhyme and they suggested I do some study in poetry. This is one of a number of books I picked up to give me a better idea of what poetry is all about.
This book is geared toward teen writers who are trying to find their writing voice or just trying to understand what poetry means. This makes the study very accessible. Not only does the book explain the myriad of styles there are in poetry, it also shows great examples of those styles.
One segment deals with the 9 Habits of a Successful Poet. This could also be written for all writers. It reminds the writer that we are all works in process just as our writing is. We need to live and write. Just like we have bad hair days; we also have bad writing days. It is just a passing problem. We still need to write daily.
My favorite poem in the book is called "Poetree" which is laid out on the page like a picture of a tree with the tops words spaced and colored in green like leaves and the remaining lines set up like a tree trunk and roots. This is an example of a "shape" poem that works extremely well.
The book covers gives a great overview of poetry. It also gives many writing prompts to get your thought process in gear and how to set up a writing critique group.
I am also reading the book, Yes! You can Learn How to Write Children's Books, Get Them Published and Build a Successful Writing Career. Though it is written for children's writers, it can apply to all writers. I am blogging my reaction and results. If you would like to read the results in action, here is where you can find it... http://TheWriteChris.blogspot.com
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