How Many Are Too Many?

Adjectives and adverbs: they remind me of the story of Goldilocks. Rather than just right: too many adjectives and too many adverbs spoil the reading experience. But just the right amount? They add depth of detail without distracting the reader's attention away from the story. Until next time, Jo  

How Many Ways Are There To Describe a Scene?

Scene: A cat and a mat. Question: How many ways can you describe a cat sitting on a mat? Possible descriptions include: o A cat sat on a mat. o On a mat a cat sat. o A cat, on a mat, sat. o There is the mat upon which the cat sat. o The…

The Idea

Here I am, On the periphery Of your mind's eye. Vague. As yet, unformed. So, now that I am here, Where to from here? Entirely in your hands: Sculpt me. Shape me. Transform me From a thought into Something else. Something other people Can also experience. Copyright J Bouwman 2017

Which words?

Here's a quick quiz for you to complete: How many words should you use when writing a letter, an email, or text message? Which words should you use? Answer: that depends on your reader. According to Hugh Mackay: Language keeps us apart from each other at least as efficiently as it keeps us together. Which…

Which Hat?

Which hat shall I wear today? There's the writer's hat where words are supposed to flow into a stream of sentences. There's the editor's hat where the writer's work is dispassionately viewed and critiqued. There's the reader's hat where the writer reads other writers' work. There's the observer's hat where the writer uses their five…