Once Upon A Time…

Some folks like to sprinkle their conversations with stories to illustrate and clarify meaning. Other folk, meanwhile, have no time or patience as they speed along the highway of succinctness to reach the endpoint of their conversation. But what about the written word? In the absence of four of the five senses; that is, smell,…

To Comma or Not To Comma: That Is The Question

Have you heard the joke about the panda who walks into a bar: eats, draws a gun and shoots into the air before leaving? Consider the following definition of the panda’s diet of bamboo: Panda eats, shoots and leaves. If the purpose of a comma is to serve as a reminder to pause at the…

Where Do Writers Find Their Inspiration?

Just as you are what you eat; so too, you write best about what you know. Select a well-known author and you will soon find the source for their inspiration resides in their personal life history. For example: J.K. Rowling Her creation of the Harry Potter series steeped with sorcery and wizardry is sourced from…

How Well Do You Know Your ABC?

The writer’s tool kit: literary devices, grammatical rules and style guidelines. So, while a child may learn ‘A’ is for animal, apple, and apricot: for a writer the letter ‘A’ could stand for alliteration. The purpose of alliteration is to make a sentence or phrase memorable by repeating the same letter at the beginning of…

Can You Hear The Music?

Not just the exclusive domain of composers, singers, and musicians: can you hear the music in spoken language? Just like the arrangement of notes on a musical score; so too, the arrangement of words can infuse speech with a lyrical quality. Just like the tempo or speed at which music is played, so too, words…