Craft, Novel, Poetry

Writing a verse novel

isn’t as hard as you may think.

As long as you know

what 

you want to write about

and why 

you want to write about it in verse,

the former slightly easier

than the latter.

Verse is best suited for 

stories that are

written in first person,

have a strong character arc,

lots of emotion,

and a lyrical voice.

   Verse lets you 

zoom in

to details,

to feelings,

to moods

     when you’re telling your story,

  making 

every single word

matter,

or even

  every single

  l     e    t    t   e    r.

Verse also lets you 

play around with 

          

     space 

         and format

in case you hadn’t figured 

that one out yet!

Like when your MC is sad,

you can say 

My world came crashing

  d

o

w

n

as I watched my plans turn into rubble

and when they’re happy,

you can say that

My spirits

d

e

r

a

o

s

with a single smile from her.

The beauty of verse storytelling

is that no two verse novels are alike

because there are 

fewer rules 

and more

freedom.

I think they call it

poetic license.

Of course, 

I didn’t know any of this

till I wrote my first verse novel.

But looks like I got something right

because it’s going to be…

PUBLISHED!

And I know this is 

as cliched as it gets,

but some cliches ring true,

“If I can do it, so can you”.

So, write that verse!

Hope I’ve made you want to.

(Ha! Rhyme!)

Written for the SCBWI Blog where it first appeared on 14th April 2022.

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