Your tale is equally as vital as your rhyme and meter. The same story-writing principles apply in rhyme as they do in plain text: entertaining, intriguing characters, and a narrative that piques the reader's attention in the first few lines. Keep the narrative brief and the text as short as possible—no more than 1,000 words. Longer poems are harder to read and understand.
The easiest way to write a rhyming story is to tell a simple one with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Rhyming stories often start with a scene between two people — a boy and girl, or a good guy and a bad guy — and then reveal what happens as the story progresses. Here is an example that uses this basic plot structure: "Jack and Jill went up the hill / To see if Jack could not come down / And Jill came tumbling after / Just in time to catch him."
You can also use this formula when writing longer poems where each stanza (line of verse) has its own unique theme or subject. In this case, the poem would have three distinct sections: Jack and Jill go up the hill, etc.
And lastly, you can include a couple of additional lines at the end of your poem that summarize what happened in the story. These are called closing lines because they close out the story by bringing everything together at the end.
Character (fewer is better), setting (short but poetic and vivid), narrative (as simple and engaging as possible), conflict (intense but one), and theme are the five fundamental aspects of tale creation (relating to the majority of readers).
A character-driven plot tells us what happens to a collection of characters over a defined period of time. Characters can be people, animals, objects, or abstract concepts. They must be well developed for the story to be interesting; we need to know who they are, why they do what they do, and how they feel about things.
A setting describes the environment where the story takes place. It could be real or make-believe, modern or ancient, but it should be consistent with the story being told. Think about what kind of world you would like to read about and use that as a guide when choosing your settings.
A narrative is a series of events or tales that are connected by cause and effect, development, reaction, or memory. A story is only complete when there is a resolution to its conflict(s). The more intense the conflict, the stronger the story.
An example of a narrative story is One Day By Heart. It has a setting of present day America, with several different characters involved in various plots and subplots.
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A poem composed in rhyming verse. To put it simply, a poetry captures a moment, a mood, or an emotion, but a tale describes a story with a beginning, middle, and finish. Although both are forms of writing called poems, they differ in content and purpose. A poem is considered to be a creative work that uses words to express an idea or concept. While a tale is a factual account of events that have taken place or are happening now. They each contain elements of beauty that appeal to many people, but only a poem can truly be called a masterpiece.
Rhyme is the use of similar sounds (syllables) to create repetitious patterns that give music to speech or text. The sound of rhyme can be explicit (such as cat and rat) or implicit (such as cold and hand). Rhyme schemes include abba, arar, and cddc. These patterns can be used independently of any meaning; for example, "abba" can be used as a phrase at the end of a sentence ("Abba! Goodness gracious!"). But it also can have a meaning when attached to words with a hidden relationship: "Arar" can mean "to eat together," while "cadac" could refer to someone who eats alone.
The art of telling stories in words has been around since humans first started talking.
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