by Dixie Phillips (http://www.christianeditingservices.com/dixie-phillips.html), CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Song Writer
I have always loved to rhyme. As a child, my grandmother constantly sang hymns to me and her influence showed in my first serious poem in elementary school.
God is wonderful and great.
All mankind He did create.
He gave His one and only Son
To die on the cross for everyone.
Years later at my first writing conference, I was shocked to hear many children’s book editors say, “No submissions in rhyme.”
I couldn’t shut off the rhyming bug in my head and decided to ask one of the editors why they had this rule. I was relieved to hear her say, “Most of the rhyming manuscripts I receive are poorly written.”
A sigh of relief escaped my lips. “You mean if someone honed their rhythm and rhyming skills, you would consider their manuscript?”
So don’t throw away your rhyming story. Here are a few helpful hints to help your poetry sing.
- Sign up for a class in writing poetry. Learn the rules of meter, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. Edit your manuscript and implement what you have learned.
- Read successful rhyming children’s books. Dissect them and discover what works and why.
- Allow another author who has had a rhyming children’s book published to critique your manuscript.
- Rewrite your manuscript. Examine every word and line.
- Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite! Remember the best children’s rhyming books aren’t written. They are rewritten.
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