Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm a poet. . . and I didn't even know it!

Yesterday as I was working on my newest idea for Picture Book Month something very strange happened to me.  My entire story came out of my finger tips and onto my keyboard in 2 line couplets.  I have never had a story come to me so easily.  It clicks, it works!  However it rhymes.

Here is my question for all of you. . . is it a story, is it a poem, or is it both?  What actually qualifies a work of writing as a story or a poem?  Is it word count? Is it style?  Is it the author's decision?  I don't know.  I could use some advice on this one.


  1. Hi Sandi, I'm pretty new at both, but what I've discovered this year is that some failed rhyming picture mss I had are now rhyming poems, some of them only tweaked a little, and one of them is doing really well in a national competition. It wouldn't have made it as a picture book, so I guess everything that is important for a non-rhyming pb is still as important for a rhyming one. I hope that makes sense :)

  2. Congratulations on your poem! That is so exciting! Thank you for your advice. I am now rewriting it in prose to see which way I like it better.