- Use sparkly words (thesaurus)
sing = warble
walk = flip, flop
jump = bounce
- Story is key.
- Rhythm should be predictable and so established right from the start. This allows the reader to relax – it’s a bit like jogging. Once the rhythm is established you can jog for miles! Without this predictable rhythm the reader will trip up which will pull them out of the story while they try to adjust to the new rhythm.
- Verse patterns should be predictable (eg alternating or internal rhymes).
- Rhyme is incidental/accidental even, a bonus. It should never drive the story.
- Write as you would speak. Don’t invert sentences to make them fit.
- Delete unnecessary words.
- Be wary of near rhymes (trees – seeds), not that they should be avoided completely; sometimes they can work quite well.
- Get different people to read it aloud. They will read the words with their natural stresses which you may have manipulated to fit your rhythm.
- Be consistent with your grammar.