Rhyme Revolution 2017 Day 1 ~ Lori Mortensen ~ Rhythm and Rhyme

I’m participating in Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Revolution this month, so I thought I’d share the posts I find most inspiring. This one, by Lori Mortensen is chock full of great rhyming advice. Enjoy!

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COWPOKE CLYDE RIDES THE RANGE

by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin

2016 Best in Rhyme Award Winner

Congratulations Lori!

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See the Top 20 Best in Rhyme Books for 2016

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RHYTHM AND RHYME

By Lori Mortensen

If you’ve ever delved into rhyme, you know rhyming can be a complicated business.  Not only is there a boatload of elements to consider such as true rhymes, near rhymes, forced rhymes, end rhymes, and internal rhymes, but there’s also a slew of specific rhyming patterns with names like iamb, trochee, anapest, dactyl, and spondee. (If you know these terms, you definitely deserve some extra rhyming brownie points!)

The good news is–you don’t have to know these terms to write fun, frolicking stories in rhyme.

For me, writing in rhyme is all about the rhythm.  As a former dance major, I’m drawn to the rhythm of the words and the beat they create…

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