How can fiction writers make best use of techniques from poetry?
When I write poetry, I’m completely tuned in to the sounds and the music of language. For me, in any kind of writing, so much is about pacing and rhythm. I don’t write formal verse, but my own poetry is very much driven by the same forces that drive formal poetry. My internal ear determines where specifically it wants some sounds emphasized over other sounds, or when it requires a pause rather than a full stop, or whether it is more suited to a meandering or more rapid-fire pace. Moreover, many specific techniques used in poetry – repetition, alliteration, rhyme or especially slant rhyme – also figure themselves into my prose writing. In a sense, I do not so much apply them as hear them in the sentences or phrases or paragraphs that unspool themselves in my mind. Whether for a poem or a piece of prose, when I find myself looking for a word, I often know not just the meaning but also what type of sound(s) it should have, how many syllables it needs to be, and where the emphasis should fall.
For most of us, an environment where we’re not stacked on top of each other, and instead living in a world where the closest neighbor is a mile or two away, and the view from the front window is of trees or cornfields or miles of untouched, barren desert seems very much like another world. A world that invokes a certain amount of dread in most city dwellers. Maybe it’s all that quiet and serenity? Or maybe it’s the idea of being alone and out in the middle of all that quiet and serenity with no cell phone reception, essentially cut off from the convenient cookie cutter world of the suburbs, and you somehow manage to stumble upon a rusted out single wide trailer with a strong chemical stink wafting from it, or into a pot field, and the people tending to that backwoods lab and field aren’t exactly happy to see you.
Founded in 2003 the Book Genome Project was created to identify, track, measure, and study the multitude of features that make up a book. Components such as language, character, and theme are mined and analyzed in order to sift, organize, categorize and ultimately separate one book from another in a crowded and complex “bookosphere.”
The fundamental goal of the project remains the same as it was in 2003: Develop ways to intelligently understand the content and make-up of books and then apply that knowledge to the problems of book discovery and publishing.
BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp’s technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music. BookLamp can enable author fingerprinting, trend identification and manuscript analysis for publishers, and book discovery for readers.