I occasionally take a small break away from all things romance to write a little something of the non-fiction variety. In fact, my very first publication was a writing guidebook, Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers. Fiction, especially romance, is my first love, but it is nice to let my brain explore a few totally different avenues very now and then 🙂
After three years of delightful romances, I finally have a new non-fiction to share. So You Have to Write a Poem: A Guide for the Non-Poetic is a guidebook for those who either love poetry and want to learn a few classic forms, and is especially for those who are learning about poetry and are maybe struggling with it a bit.
So You Have to Write a Poem gives novices an easy-to-read guide with step-by-step processes and fun examples while giving more advanced poets a technical guide to the rules behind all their favorite poetic forms.
This volume includes:
* Nine forms of poetry, including chapters on ballads, blank verse, haiku, heroic couplets, limericks, the pantoum, sestinas, sonnets, and the villanelle.
* Overviews on poetry basics like meter and rhyme scheme.
* Detailed, easy-to-understand instructions and “cheat sheets” that outline the rules for each form of poetry.
* And a section with a detailed explanation of how to analyze a poem.
I designed this book to not only help students get through their poetry assignments, but also shows poetic skeptics how to enjoy the act of writing poetry, and gives poetry lovers a chance to learn some classic styles. And maybe have a little bit of fun too 😉
And of course, because EVERYTHING I do has at least a hint of romance, there are a few poems with a bit of romance in them included in the book 😀
So, if poetry is something that ever interested you, or if you have a student who is struggling with poetry, check it out 🙂
Trivia question: How many forms of poetry are included in So You Have to Write a Poem?