Totally reblogging this for my own sake. We all need this reminder that story comes first, always! Thanks Sue and Angie!
A Fairy Friend
by Sue Fliess
Illustrated by Claire Keane
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It’s NOT About the Rhyme!
By Sue Fliess
It’s not about the rhyme. It never is. Well, at least, it never should be. But what it always is about is the story. Or at a very basic level, it’s about the idea you’re trying to convey with words. Writers should think of rhyme as a mechanism or tool—just as illustrations, free verse, graphics, photography, or prose are all ways of telling a story.
My readers ask me all the time, why do you like writing in rhyme? or why do you write in rhyme? And what I tell them is that I always first have an idea or concept for a story. I jot down those ideas, characters, or fragments. When…
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