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Writers Tip #42: Avoid Rhyming Fiction; Stick With Prose Diction

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: If you unknowingly rhyme  words, rewrite it.

Readers get confused by rhyme. They wonder if that was your intent, and if so, why? Is it a character trait? I’ve seen that in at least one book–a supporting actor would rhyme everything. It was nice, but it was planned. It’s not the same if you do it by accident.

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is  editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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12 thoughts on “Writers Tip #42: Avoid Rhyming Fiction; Stick With Prose Diction

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