Have you ever had the experience of reading, or even writing, a passage from a book that made your breath catch?
The kind of writing that had you reading that sentence or paragraph over again and dwelling on the words and how it made you feel?
It’s the style of writing that stays with you long after you’ve closed the book, leading to the condition known as a book hangover, where you’re still thinking about the last book while trying to get into a new one.
If you can still quote lines from Shakespeare and some of the great poets and writers, even though you read them years ago, you’ve no doubt been captivated by lyrical writing.
But what is lyrical writing, and when does it tip too far into purple prose?
And how do you consistently create lyrical prose in your own writing?