Sunday, October 3, 2010

Syllable Contest-Calling All Poets

As a wannabe writer of rhyming picture books, I have come to realize that syllable count and stress are just as important as word choice. Sometimes they even limit your ability to choose the right words to write.

So in the spirit of having fun and growing in our craft, this month I will hold a syllable writing contest. The rules are simple. Write a description about yourself using ONLY fourteen syllables. The winner will get the esteemed honor of being my FIRST interviewee on this blog(LOL). The contest ends on October 31, 2010.

And to lead by example, here is what I would write.

14 Syllables Describing Jessica Stanford

weekend blogger
shot-gun caller
and teacher


  1. I love this exercise! Here is mine:

    Searching soul
    Cheerful traveler
    On a journey

  2. Here's mine: (don't count the title as part of the syllables)


    Read. Smile.
    Run two miles.
    Chase a dream.
    Write a while.
    No slush piles.

  3. Great job, ladies. If no one else posts, I may just choose you both. Wouldn't that be a treat? I believe they call that a 'twofer' one.