Anticipation

‘Round and round the garden Walks the teddy bear...’ The child giggles. Her aunt traces a circle with her forefinger against her niece’s outstretched palm. ‘One step, two steps...’ The child giggles some more as her aunt finger-steps one step then another two steps up her niece’s arm. ‘Three steps...’ The child wiggles with the…

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,…

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…

Giving Up So Soon?

In 1937 George and Ira Gershwin wrote a song entitled: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off. The lyrics highlight the differences between two people illustrated by their regional dialects; for example: You like to-may-toes and I like to-mah-toes… There is no doubting it: life is complicated, people are complex and living languages – such as…