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May 12th, 2005, 11:39 PM
Just a tip I thought I would share which has really helped my writing as I work on my novel. I have really gotten into writing poetry lately, and at the same time found myself getting stuck in the early stages of my novel. Then I hit on an idea. I tried rewriting one of my scenes as a poem.

It really helped me focus on what was important in the scene. Something about poetry forces you to really sharpen your writing and find those few keystone elements in your scene and bringing them into sharp relief.

Give it a try sometime. You may end up finding some surprising images coming out of your scenes that you never saw before.


May 13th, 2005, 02:50 AM
Hey, I like that. Am going to try it.


Perhaps, instead of re-writing straight away, try to break up the lines into something resembling a poem (from the lay-out) and shifting around syllables and changing sounds and adding images and when you've come up with something (free verse, most likely) remove the line breaks, so that it looks like prose again. :D