I am still thinking about the Answers, Inc. post from a few days ago on rhyming picture books. As a novelist, I don’t think too much about rhyming picture books, but as I mulled over the post a great writing truth presented itself to me; therefore, you shall have to hear about it. Ready?

Rhyming is to picture books as prologues are to novels.

Am I right, or what?

Both—rhyming, a prologue—are inordinately tempting to a writer. And more often than not, neither the rhyme nor the prologue ends up serving the story. But every now and then each proves indispensable, the perfect way to tell or begin the story.

That’s it. Have a lovely Memorial Day.