Poetry or Prose?

Have you ever tried to write prose only to discover the best way to describe an idea is through poetry? For example, consider the children’s nursery rhyme: ‘Ring a Ring o’ Roses’. ‘Ring-a-ring o’ roses, A pocket full of posies, A-tishoo! A-tishoo! We all fall down. Cows in the meadows Eating buttercups A-tishoo! A-tishoo! We…

Which Way?

Typically, a journey has a destination. To reach this destination there could be any number of byways, back alleys, dead ends, highways, straight streets, winding country roads, dirt tracks, one-way streets and hiking treks from which to choose. Sometimes, the chosen route is straight forward. Sometimes, the chosen route is tedious. So, too, a story…

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…