Saturday, April 14, 2012

M = Melodic Writing

Few are the authors who make music with their writing. Not surprising many of the most melodic writers are authors of children’s literature.

When limited by words and formatting, an author specialized in short pieces learns to create the largest picture with the fewest words. When adding the requirement of brevity to the mix, it becomes increasingly necessary to choose more accurate words. With a larger vocabulary, one may select from a myriad of words fitting the phrase on a variety of levels.

Simple Example: Character has a thought, turned to desire, then to action. In short form it reads:

I wish to see you. 
I want to see you. 
I will come see you. 

These three sentences convey the wish, the want and the will or thought, desire and action. In a novel, the same process may take chapters, but in short form the essence & the melody of language require simple precision.


6 comments:

Mina Burrows said...

Nice post. I love play off certain rhythms when writing my children's stories. Great point.

Kate O'Mara said...

Thank you Mina

anthony stemke said...

I see the melodic writing in childrens stories.

MOV said...

great post! will be back to read more. visiting from a to z.

best,
MOV
http://mothersofbrothersblog.blogspot.com

Jennifer Fischetto said...

I love lyrical writing. I don't write it well, but reading it is awesome. :)

Lynn Proctor said...

oh i do love that style of writing