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, tremendous, knot) 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.