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…

Heart of Hearts

Just as people allow their emotions to influence their purchasing decisions; so too, people are hooked by stories (and characters) that stir the innermost feelings. And if a story (or character) tugs at the reader’s heartstrings, all the better. Until next time, Jo

Which View?

Which view is the best? Some of the more well-known literary points of view include the first person, third person, or the omniscient (bird's-eye view). But there are other points of view. And these other points of view can be as diverse as the number of humans now living, or who have since died. And…

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…