I have been reading more poetry lately. Not only have I enjoyed it, I feel as if it helps me as a writer. So these are my Top Ten reasons why fiction writers should read poetry.
10 Poetry is beautiful.
9 Poetry help the writer learn more about the sound of words.
8 Poetry says much in such a small space.
7 There is more variety within poetry than there is in prose.
6 The more poetry we read, the better influence we can be on other writers to read more poetry.
5 Poetry helps expand your vocabulary.
4 By reading poetry, the fiction writer can really learn how to use metaphor.
3 Poetry often asks question and leaves it to the reader to come to an answer.
2 More than any other style of writing, poetry speaks to the human condition.
1 Poetry puts you into the mind of the poet better than prose can do for a fiction writer.
Did I forget poetry is just plain fun? So what else did I leave out? I would love to read about your thoughts on poetry as a fiction writer.