I also enjoyed today’s posting about writing novels in verse. I have published the award-winning fiction picture book for kids, How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell, 2006). I have also published two books of poetry, Folk Concert (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012) and Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011); however, I have never tried to write fiction in verse format.
Verse novelists must write good poetry and a good story, and they must combine the two seamlessly in order for the verse novel to work. Interested in checking out some verse novels? There are several great lists on the web to get you started.Can you sustain the intensity required to write a novel this way? Sometimes writing in verse feels really natural. Other times the close-to-the-bone nature of poetry is hard to sustain. If you are someone who can knock off thousands of words at one sitting, verse novels are going to hurt. Word counts will more realistically be in the hundreds.The Two Pieces of Advice that Made Writing A Verse Novel Seem Possible I find myself, to my surprise, writing a novel in verse. Though I have written poetry in the past, novels in verse always seemed mysterious to me, almost as much so as the work of those sorcerer illustrators.
The Verse Novel (AKA: a novel in poems) is a new form of storytelling that’s hit the YA market in the last five to ten years. Intrigued by this new form, I spent some time during my studies at the Vermont College of Fine Art this past term exploring the nuts and bolts of this form.
We’d like to thank Padma Venkatraman and Joy McCullough for this blog post. The two are teaming up as faculty for Novels in Verse: Analyze and Generate June 11-14, along with special guest editor Andrew Karre. Here they interview each other about why they write novels in verse and discuss some of the ways in which verse novels differ from prose novels.
Books shelved as poetry-verse: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacq.
Such verse novels contribute uniquely to any form of literature written for young adults because they force authors to identify and write pieces that appeal to young adult readers (Wills 1). Despite the fact that verse novels contribute immensely to works written for young adult readers, they pose a controversy that may confuse young adult readers not to recognize pieces of literature that.
Then you also have what you might think of as poetry books but are actually novels-in-verse, those creative hybrids that are so cleverly put together that you often need to read them two or three times just to catch every detail. These poetry books and novels-in-verse are filled with history, love and even music.
I have always been hesitant to write poetry. Once in college I tried, but my professor told me it “wasn’t working”. So the idea of writing an entire novel in verse seems daunting to me. But that’s exactly what author, Elizabeth Acevedo, did in her top-selling YA novel The Poet X. Watch the video to learn more about using poetry in your next book!
Verse novels have seen a resurgence in the last couple of years with several new writers choosing to write in verse and winning awards and prizes for their work. While previously novels written in verse were perhaps for a niche readership Sharon Kernot’s The Art of Taxidermy, Sarah Crossan’s Toffee and Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X have all won mainstream audiences and deservedly so.
Free verse is a delightful way to experience a novel and I encourage you to give it a try. Even if you claim not to like poetry, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. One potential benefit to novels in verse is they tend to be quick reads, at least for grown ups.
I sat down to write, and what came out was sparse, poetic language. I had written three mid-grade novels prior to this one, and half of a young adult novel, all of them in prose. This verse stuff was all new territory. At least as a writer. I had read and loved many verse novels by authors such as Sonya Sones, Ellen Hopkins, and others.
After writing four novels with female protagonists, I chose to write The Marriage Pact from the point of view of Jake, a marriage therapist who can’t seem to get a handle on his own marriage.
How to Write a Novel in 15 Steps Much like learning to ride a bike, the best way to learn how to write a novel is by just doing it. Unlike saddling up on a Schwinn for the first time, however, writing a novel can’t be accomplished in one hot summer’s day.
Verse novels can be full of bad poetry: essential but dull building blocks to get from A to B.. His skills as a dramatist allow him to write convincingly in many voices. 10.
VEW - It has been called free verse; it's also been called blank verse. It's definitely not blank verse. There's not a bit of iambic pentameter in it. I'm a lifelong English major, I know that blank verse has to have iambic pentameter. So do you. But it's not free verse, either. I'm not trying to write poetry. That would be very arrogant of me.
I’ve written four verse novels (the fourth, Runaways, is coming out in 2013) but along the way, I’ve often felt I was flying blind. I have on my bookshelves more than a dozen how-to guides on writing for children and young adults, and a lot more on writing poetry. Not one talks about verse novels. Nobody talks.