Music is powerful. I love music. And I love to write. Put the two together and you get poetry. Pure language at its finest. I don't necessarily need music in order to spill words onto the page, but I try to incorporate musical elements into my writing. Music and poetry have a lot in common. And picture books especially often have musical qualities. Here's how you can use music to make your writing stronger:
- Listen to music, sing it, memorize the words to your favorite songs. Let the rhythms and repetitions get ingrained in your soul.
- Read picture books. Look for rhythms and repetitions.
- Create rhythms.
- Use repetition.
- Read literary novels. The language in this genre is often more rich than in other genres (such as romance or mystery, etc.).
- Play with children. Listen to them. Laugh with them.
- Use a varied amount of alliteration, assonance, and onomatopoeia.
- Use vivid imagery.
- And above all, tell a good story. Some of the best songs tell great stories!
Have fun! And Happy 4th of July!
What's your favorite type of music? Or some of your favorite artists?
Keep on keepin' on...