A is for an Ambitious April

Following SCBWI’s Los Angeles Writer’s Days event and that Sunday’s Picture Book Intensive with literary agents Danielle Smith and Jen Rofé, I am fired up about finishing more stories for submission. To help spur that effort along, I’ve pledged to participate in not one, but two writing challenges this April.

The first is Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Picture Book Month (RhyPiBoMo), featuring tons of great information, daily writing challenges by guest bloggers, and giveaways for participants aspiring to write rhyming picture books and poetry.

Inspired by Angie’s day one quiz (Are you a Versifier?), I’ve decided to dust off my college notebook and reacquaint myself with some basic poetry terminology. These definitions are courtesy of dictionary.com.

Scansion: the metrical analysis of verse. The usual marks for scansion are ˘ for a short or unaccented syllable, ¯ or · for a long or accented syllable, ^ for a rest, | for a foot division, and ‖ for a caesura or pause.

Meter: a. poetic measure; arrangement of words in regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines or verses. b. a particular form of such arrangement, depending on either the kind or the number of feet constituting the verse or both rhythmic kind and number of feet (usually used in combination): pentameter; dactylic meter; iambic trimeter.

Stressed: accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.

Unstressed: (of a syllable in verse) having no stress or accent

Anapest: a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.

Iamb (remembered this one!): a foot of two syllables, a short followed by a long in quantitative meter, or an unstressed followed by a stressed in accentual meter, as in Come live / with me / and be / mylove.

Trochee (is that like a swirlie?): a foot of two syllables, a long followed by a short in quantitative meter, or a stressed followed by an unstressed in accentual meter. Symbol:

Dactyl: a foot of three syllables, one long followed by two short in quantitative meter, or one stressed followed by two unstressed in accentual meter, as in gently and humanly.Symbol:

The second challenge is exactly what my nascent WordPress page needs to get growing: The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. The goal is to blog every day in April (except Sundays). This yields 26 blogging days – one for every letter of the alphabet. This challenge also promotes readership as bloggers are encouraged to visit at least 5 other participating blogs daily. I’m looking forward to seeing how others adhere to the alpha theme.

Now like the Fonz, I’m off to blog hop and explore the things that make writers go, “Ayyy!”




  1. 2 challenges! Eep, how exciting! I’d say you’re ‘ambitious’ but also ‘awe-inspiring’, haha 🙂 I signed up for A-Z too, and I think it’s going to take some serious planning! Good luck!!

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