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…

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 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