Slant rhyme or half rhyme, sometimes
called near rhyme or imperfect rhyme are words that come close to rhyming, but
they really don’t rhyme. (Said / regret, or find / friend.) Emily
Dickinson is best known for her use of slant rhyme. They are a common
characteristic of her poetry as is her unconventional punctuation.
will admit, my original thoughts about slant rhyme were confining. I was under
the impression that Dickinson (and others) used slant rhyming merely to
increase the possibilities of word choice. This, in turn, would allow the poet
greater flexibility and increase his/her ability to convey meaning.
In searching the internet for thoughts on the advantages
of slant rhyme usage I came across a site, www.Chegg.com. In their definition of
slant rhyme the author states, “Many poets use slant rhyme to introduce an
element of the unexpected and prompt their readers to pay closer attention to
words themselves rather than the sounds of the words.…
(Back in 2011 I introduced my 6-Step formula for writing a short short. I thought it would be a good idea to resurrect the formula for those who may have missed it. This formula also works for writing other formats of a story such as short stories and even the novella.)
A short short is a short story that usually contains between 1200 - 1500 words. Experienced writers can spit 1500 before breakfast. It's as easy for them as swiping a credit card. However, an experienced writer also knows that writing the short short can be more difficult than writing a full length novel. The brevity of the story constricts the wordsmith, depriving him of developing character, plot and setting, all of which he can develop fully in a short story, a novella or a full-length novel. Every line and paragraph of the short short must be significant to carry the story forward with rapidity and terseness. Like a prize fighter, the author of the short short attempts to score points with …
If you’re a writer of detective
fiction or someone who loves a good detective mystery, then you’ll want to
learn all you can about the “Big Four” female detective writers from the 20s
and 30s. Their combined work has sold in the billions. Okay, let’s take the
leader out of the picture since her work has sold over 4 billion copies. That still leaves millions of books sold, which
means there are millions of fans, which means millions of buyers. That ain’t
1)Number one on the list is Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976).
Creator of two of the best-loved detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. She
wrote the best-selling mystery of all time and one of the best-selling books of
all time, And Then There Were None,
selling over 100 million copies.
2)Dorothy L. Sayers (1893 – 1957). Creator of one of the
great detectives of the “Golden Age,” Lord Peter Wimsey—sophisticated, witty
and with a high social standing. Sayers was also a translator, translating
Dante’s Divine Comedy,…