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

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…


Words, English words, are full of echoes, of memories, of associations - naturally. They have been out and about, on people's lips, in their houses, in the streets, in the fields, for so many centuries. Quote: Virginia Woolf