I've been working on writing my middle grade verse novel while my contemporary YA is out with one of my fabulous critique partners (thank you, Kristin!).
Writing a verse novel, after writing mostly prose, is scary. It's a completely different type of challenge.
If I were an artist, I might compare it to working in oils one day and switching to mosaics the next.
Verse novels consist of bite-sized bits that you have to piece together perfectly in order to tell a larger story.
But each of those bits has to stand alone as a work of art.
So yeah, although I'm at a little over 13,000 words and will probably wrap up the entire novel in another 1000 words, it's tough. My hammer-it-out and get-the-first-draft-over-with approach isn't serving me so well.
I worry about each poem's placement.
I worry I've missed some vital piece of information, because I'm working so hard on brevity.
I worry about my audience. Am I being too vague? Am I using too many symbols for this age group? Is anyone going to understand any of this?
Part of writing a verse novel is reading lots of verse novels, and I've been trying to do that. Here are a few titles I've been devouring lately:
Have you read anything captivating lately? If you're a writer do you usually read within your "writing-genre" or do you branch out?
And, in a completely unrelated vein, are you following the Olympics? (Of course you are!) Which is your favorite event? Mine is gymnastics. I'm always in awe of how those athletes can defy gravity. Incredible!