You better watch out for people with guns, Or life is down the drain. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nursery rhyme originating in the United States. The Americana Song Reader.
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That old true chestnut: Always put word choices that truly enhance your story, your setting or your characters above your rhyme. I always gather a ton of photographs showing the places, actions, plants, animals or people who I am trying to build my story around.
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One of my favorite phrases in The Pomegranate Witch came about this way. My mother a retired kindergarten teacher tells stories about how her little language learners used their small vocabularies in novel ways.
The door is talking. So, as is my habit, I searched my fondest childhood reading moments to come up with an inspiration. I loved Madeline. I wanted to live in Paris, have eleven mirror-like roommates, see carousels, city rivers and stone bridges, and stroll through parks full of kites. I wanted to survive some brief, exciting Incident that ended with a dollhouse. Thanks, Cathy for the interview and Rhyme Revolution for promoting books that rhyme.
And yep, a nice juicy pomegranate to go along with it! Leaving show biz to raise her two boys, she embraced Mom-dom while working part-time as a graphic designer. However, her first love was writing. So, when her oldest son set off for college, Denise set off on a new creative career; she studied writing for children at UCLA.
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Doyen lives with her husband, Michael, an attorney, their young adult sons have flown the nest and a Bengal cat, Zeek, in Pacific Palisades, CA. It appears you started with poetry in magazines before publishing books. Do you recommend starting with poetry for magazines to build a resume and hone your craft? Shortly thereafter, I had a few acceptances from Highlights for Children. Since then I have sold many other poems, mostly to Highlights and High Five. I do recommend it. I started writing seriously in By the way, writing rebuses for Highlights helped me get the hang of writing early readers.
And did you purposely use two different rhythmic schemes? DORIS is written in rhyming couplets of iambic tetrameter. However, I use a lot of clipped, headless lines. In other words, instead of starting with an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one ba DUM ba DUM I sometimes clip the first unstressed syllable of the sentence. When you have a text within a text, it is common to set it in a different meter in order to distinguish the two. I really like the color combinations and the art.
What was your impression when you saw the illustrations? Did you have any art notes? I especially love the scene where they sail their ship into the pirate book. I inserted a few art notes for clarification. Diana: Thank you!
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What was the impetus for this book and how long did it take you to get to the finished product? This book started out in prose and actually went through tons of revisions. It took about three years from submitting to publications. The main inspiration was watching my kids play. I always loved it when they incorporated stories from books into their playtime.
I started noticing how playing and reading went together more than people might think. My advice for rhyming writers is, keep practicing, and make sure that you sometimes write just for pleasure. That is, silence the inner critic at the beginning, or else it might stifle your creativity. Finally, a good critique group or several partners is a must!
Diana Murray grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her husband, two daughters, and a spiky bearded dragon who loves listening to stories—especially about dinosaurs. In fact, even high school math teachers can use Twinderella as a quirky, unique teaching tool. I had heard that it takes seven years on average to make your first sale. I was lucky to get plucked from the slush in less than two.
Needless to say, I was very pleased with myself. Then… it took six and half years before I sold another manuscript! Serves me right for being cocky. How many revisions? Once I have an idea I love, I usually get a first draft down in a couple of weeks. It is really important to get the story right first. So I revise with an eye toward plot structure. Does it have enough tension? A satisfactory ending, etc.
Once, I feel confident that the story arc is totally working, that is when I focus on tweaking the rhyme and meter. All in all, it generally takes about four or five months and roughly drafts. They were constantly providing me with material when they were little. Now that they are both in middle school, I am having a tough time. Josh is in the oven! Uh, none. That is not totally true.
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Rhyme is what I do best. My stories are not character-driven or plot-driven. They are language-driven. In , I came up with dozens of Goldilocks variations. Two of the ideas were as follows:. Neither idea went anywhere, but they both kept nagging at me.
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Then during Storystorm , it suddenly hit me. There was a perfect way to combine the two. I actually see myself in Twinderella. Math was always my favorite subject in school.
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Like Tinderella, I see math as a fun, challenging puzzle to be solved. I love how logical it is. I was even a math teacher for a while and in my first draft of Twinderella, Tin wound up teaching math too!
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