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Is it acceptable to use synonyms to achieve rhythm?

Authors often look to synonym dictionaries to find words different than what first occurs to them, but this is generally NOT to achieve rhythm, but to find a more accurate or evocative word for what ...
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What writing process should I use to produce the kind of writing I want?

1) You're trying to write your final polished draft on your first shot. It won't happen. Focus on one goal at a time. First determine your substance. Then organize it. Then write it. Never mind how it ...
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Is using too many different metres and rhyming schemes bad?

Poetry is like music There is a tension in a song, between fulfilling an expectation and subverting or consciously breaking it. However, there has to be enough that's recognizable as a "background" ...
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How is "his eyes are as green as a fresh pickled toad" readable as anapestic meter?

Anapestic meter doesn't necessarily start with a complete foot, often leaving off the first syllable, and this verse isn't completely consistent. There's a non-anapest in the third line. his EYES ...
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Mixing prose with character dialogue rhymes - childrens book

It's perfectly acceptable and there are published children's books that mix rhyme and prose. However, the switch between prose and rhyme can be jarring if you don't mentally prepare the reader for ...
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Is it acceptable to use synonyms to achieve rhythm?

There are many reasons that a good writer may choose a particular word. As Amadeus notes, synonyms normally do not all mean EXACTLY the same thing: there are shades of meaning. But, no offense to ...
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How to know if the story is going too fast?

In my view, pacing in general is less about how many events happen at once, and more about how the details are fed to the reader. It also has to do with how well we manage the reader's excitement ...
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What are some of the tricks used to end a verse with a specific word?

From my limited experience with attempts at writing verse, your starting point is what it is you actually want to say. A poem is not a random jumble of words that rhyme - it is a picture or an idea ...
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Iambs or Trochees in songwriting

I agree with both of those facts; the issue is actually about syllable distribution in music. You'll need to let go of several assumptions: Lyrics are not speech, nor are they precisely written ...
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How to know if the story is going too fast?

The principles you must rely on are plausibility and connectedness. For example, in the space of 30 minutes I can have ten bad things happen to somebody, if they are connected to each other. A ...
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Is it acceptable to use synonyms to achieve rhythm?

I would venture to guess that most writers whose prose has a poetic quality produce that quality naturally, without conscious effort. However nearly anything that can be produced by nature can be ...
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What writing process should I use to produce the kind of writing I want?

Experience and the capability to learn. There's no formula for what you want. Good luck!
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Is using too many different metres and rhyming schemes bad?

Find yourself an audience. Here's a situation where it's impossible to guess based on your description. We have no way of knowing if your poem is a hot mess, a psychedelic journey, or an literary ...
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Using rhythm to evoke emotion

Take a dance class. I'm not joking. If you feel the rhythm in your body, you will be better able to evoke it on the page. Going to dance performances is also helpful but you need to understand the ...
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Are there specific rules about caesura that restrict us where we can place them?

Put your pauses wherever you wish but know that they will tell the reader how to read it. Poetry is meant to be read aloud. Or at least imagined so in the mind. Tell your reader how and where to ...
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Revision secrets for keeping the meter and improving the beat

The problem here is that you're trying to combine two different approaches to poetry together, and perhaps in the wrong order. Your rough draft takes an intuitive approach, listening for the inner ...
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How do I control my writing style?

This is a tricky one, as the advice would usually be "write however feels natural to you". But I want to help, so I'll try. Writing, by its nature, is an art. It's subjective - especially ...
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Term to describe where the first word of a sentence rhymes with the last word of the same sentence?

I think this is called an internal rhyme. Here’s what I found on Wikipedia. In poetry, internal rhyme, or middle rhyme, is rhyme that occurs within a single line of verse, or between internal phrases ...
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How to know if the story is going too fast?

First, as @DPT said, you need to distinguish between your book's subjective and objective chronology. In real life, we don't experience real life as a steady progression of time. Ten years can pass ...
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How does one strengthen their sense of rhythm?

Paying attention to rhythm (i.e., caring about it) is the first step. After that, I recommend reading some instructional material on the subject. A book that has helped me greatly in many areas of ...
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How do I control my writing style?

Voice is highly individual --it's a large part of what makes your writing distinct, so there aren't really any rule-based ways to develop it. In fact, many of the strongest writers' voices break rules ...
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What is rhythm, exactly?

Both of your books are correct, but they are talking about different types of rhythm --or more properly, rhythm at different scales. At the level of individual words, rhythm is created by the pattern ...
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Sophisticated Prose: Good or Bad?

Simplicity is better It is inherently better to write in the simplest possible manner required to communicate your ideas. As someone who reads a lot of older prose (I recently finished McCauley's ...
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How can I phrase common terms and proper nouns in a different or more poetic fashion?

Poetic metre, clarity and brevity are the three corners of a triangle and everything which we write falls somewhere within its domain. Through careful word choice, we can minimize the distance ...
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What writing process should I use to produce the kind of writing I want?

This is a problem. If you try to "craft" the writing while actively paying attention to every single of these elements, you'll move at glacial pace and even then the whole thing may come out awful. ...
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Using two-syllable words

I don't hear "pigeon" as two unstressed syllables. I hear it as a trochee. So I would scan this line like this: the SMALL / PI-geon / RAN to the / EDGE of the / FOR-est So a rising foot at the start ...
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Sentence rhythm

It depends on what you are writing and who is in it. I have characters that speak and think in different patterns because different people speak differently. I have some characters that speak and ...
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