Ash’s Birchday – the Writing Process

Please click on the audio symbol above 
to hear me explain how I wrote Ash's Birchday.

In the audio, I explain how I created a list of puns
(e.g. spruce up, knot, treemendous) 
as well as a list of tree names that I 
thought I could use instead of other words
in a poem (e.g. wonderboom – instead of wonderful,
poplar – instead of popular).
Then I created a story from my lists of words.

After you've had a listen,
why not try writing your own list of puns,
focusing on a topic that you're interested in  
(e.g. rocks / space / food)?
Then, once you've thought of as many as you can,
look at your list and try turning them into a poem.

Don't forget that editing is an important part 
of the process. Take a break, come back
to what you've written and cut the words that 
aren't working hard enough. 
Ash's Birchday