Tom’s Blog

Author | Poet | Coach

What was the most difficult part?

What was the most difficult part? Getting to a point of satisfaction! I wanted to make sure that it was the very best I could do. Every time I visited the manuscript I found something that could be improved and I expect people reading the finished article will think there are still plenty that can…
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So, Tom how did you decide which characters merited verses of four-line, six line or more?

So, Tom how did you decide which characters merited verses of four-line, six line or more? No real science here, folks! I tried to stick to my original principles of education, information and entertainment. I did not want repetitive four-line verses – although there are probably more of this style than any other and I…
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The Corporate Menagerie – So how DID you go about writing verses to match?

The Corporate Menagerie: So how DID you go about writing verses to match? Firstly, I need to decide what theme or message I wanted the character to deliver. As I said earlier, I wanted also to make sure that the style of writing was not repetitive i.e., a succession of simple four-line verses. In addition,…
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The Corporate Menagerie – What did you have to do to match the illustrations and verses to each of the characters, Tom?

Writing verse for each character involved a sort of three-dimensional thinking – first think of the characteristics of the creature character, then think of the real life person who, from your experience, matches that character (not essential but helpful), then think of the message that fits that character and importantly how you might relate to…
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The Corporate Menagerie – How did you choose the characters?

Yes, it wasn’t simply a straightforward choice to include all the animals that came to mind. Diversity and Equality features prominently in The Menagerie, so it was important to ensure that there was a correct balance of personalities that would represent a fair cross section of global society. I also drew on my experience of…
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