I just answered an email about verse novels and thought to share my musings here with you all. If you write verse this might get your mind moving.
First off, definitely read everything written in verse. There are so many YA verse novels available now. We have carved out our own genre! Woohoo!
As you read, do you see a difference, say between, True Believer and What My Mother Doesn't Know and Your Own, Sylvia?
There's a wide range of how poetic verse novels feel. I think I've mentioned the three in order of poetic overtones. Virginia Euwer Wolff refuses to call her work poetry. Whereas, I'm sure it's high in the thoughts of Sonya Sones and Stephanie Hemphill. I guess I'm saying there's a bar that slides between narrative and poem. My work is closer to Virginia's, narrative.
You'll find poetic elements dropping into your writing. Your ear will pick them up and place them into your work.
Just a few thoughts on verse. That form that holds intense emotion with the barest language. I love it!
~Lorie Ann Grover, rgz diva/author