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Today’s guest blogger is someone I met personally at the RPB Revolution Conference last December and now we are friends. I was thrilled to connect in person because I love her website! I suggest that my students study her site! Now I’m suggesting that you study her website too. The topic of rhyme pales in comparison to the topic of meter and word stress when it comes to writing rhyming picture books. If you don’t understand what a stressed syllable is, then you MUST learn more about it.
Rhymeweaver.com is the best place to begin!
I’m pleased to introduce
Author Lane Fredrickson
Author Lane Fredrickson
and her amazing website RhymeWeaver!
RhymeWeaver.com: For Writing
Better Rhyme and Meter
Some people can touch their tongue to their nose.
Some people can’t. And these are mutually exclusive categories (meaning you must be EITHER a nose-tongue-toucher or a NON-nose-tongue-toucher, you cannot be both). So, where am I going with this? Rhyme.
We’re talking about rhyme.
Stay with me.
The presence of this ability is called Gorlin’s sign and no matter how hard you try, if you don’t have it, you simply cannot touch your tongue to your nose (short of self-mutilation, that is).
And here’s my point: some people think the ability to rhyme is like the Gorlin Sign- you either have it, or you don’t.
But here’s the good news: This is a myth. Just like yodeling or ice-skating, making great rhymes is an art, and it CAN be learned. Even naturally good rhymers can become better rhymers.
But there’s some bad news.
Because it’s hard. It takes a lot of effort to really understand rhyme and meter and consistently write it well. This genre is not for the slacker. For me, the hardest thing about understanding rhyme and meter was that I always had to work backwards. I had to look at a finished poem that was revered for its excellence and superior craftsmanship and figure out why it was amazing. Then I had to look at a few hundred more of these masterworks and see what was common among them, etc., etc. I can assure you that this method, while ultimately effective, is really, really boring and tedious and aggravating and potentially suicide-inducing.
I don’t recommend it.
That is where RhymeWeaver.com comes in. The beauty of RhymeWeaver.com (a.k.a. WritingRhymeAndMeter.com) is that you don’t have to start from the final result and work backwards. Every teacher knows that people learn best when they study concepts from the bottom up. No one learns long division before addition. It’s a math law.
There should be a RhyPiBoMo law that says: Thou shalt master stressed syllables before thou shalt tackle hypercatalyctic anapestic tetrameter.
RhymeWeaver.com starts from the most basic concepts and progresses to the really complex using graphics and examples to illustrate points. And it’s broken down into small segments so you can do a few a day. You can skip sections you already understand and you can go back to sections you found difficult. You can learn to be a master rhymer (even if you can’t touch your tongue to your nose), but mastery takes time. RhymeWeaver.com will save you time. A lot of it.
Lane Fredrickson was born in Montana, an awfully cold place. Now she lives in Florida, a very warm place. While it may seem like this was a plan, it was really more of an adventure. Becoming a children’s book author was not a plan, either. And it is always an adventure. Lane’s first degree was in experimental psychology, but she got a second degree in English out of sheer boredom, when her two kids went to school. Again, not a plan. After dabbling at writing picture books for many years, she became fascinated with medieval and renaissance literature in college. The intricacies of rhyme and meter became rules and deviations instead of pure unadulterated mysteries. This unraveling of the rhyme and meter conundrum lead to the publications of Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley in 2012, and Monster Trouble! in 2015.
Lane’s website, Rhymeweaver.com was born more as a challenge in writing a website than creating a resource for writers, but it was definitely a plan. There was so much planning in writing Rhymeweaver.com that Lane almost lost her “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants-kinda-gal” nature. This is probably a good thing, however, as Lane Fredrickson is, after all, a grownup.
Thank You Lane!
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