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…

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