So, take my advice, and avoid these rhyme crimes:
1. Position a word in a line in such a way as to force the reader to abandon the word's natural stresses in order to maintain the verse's established meter.
2. Use a word solely for its rhyme, knowing that it doesn't truly fit in the context of the line.
3. Choose words that are near rhymes.
4. Use homophones as rhyming words (pare and pear, for example).
5. Overuse ordinary, one-syllable rhyming words.
6. Don't consider alternate pronunciations of common words.
7. Be afraid to use interesting and unusual language.
8. Steer clear of trying a variety of formats and rhyme schemes.
9. Rely on syllable count rather than a word's natural rhythm.
10. Never listen to someone else read your story aloud.
Have you been committing any of these crimes against good rhyme? Don't worry! It's never too late to turn your rhyming life around.
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