Creative Writing

Deserted beach, ocean rollers, blue sky and cliffs
Mar 24, 2016
Amanda O'Donovan


A picture can be worth a thousand words. There’s no doubt that, in moments of genius, a complex idea can be distilled into a single powerful shot. The image of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy on the beach, stood alone. Shockingly, it conveyed the human impact of the refugee crisis. And subsequently, the grief of a single father […]

Snowy mountain peaks with lake
Mar 15, 2016
Amanda O'Donovan


I was born in a country where rain is a common topic of conversation-a natural and frequent occurrence that unites, and often defines, an entire nation. I now live in a country where snow and ice dominate much of our landscape throughout the winter months. When I left England, although blissfully unaware of it at the time, my snow […]

Girl on a boat with a sunhat
Oct 04, 2011
Amanda O'Donovan

Lost in Translation?

Communication breakdowns can happen anytime, anywhere-often without a language barrier in sight. Translation traps exist in even the most innocent of exchanges. Caught in the confusion, your message could either sink without trace or become misinterpreted and misrepresented. Instead of basking in accolades you’ll […]

Man reading business newspaper
May 12, 2010
Amanda O'Donovan

A Generous Contribution

I have Seth Godin to thank for the wonderful snippet of insight below. Not that he’s aware of my gratitude. But, as one of his millions of blog followers, I appreciate his crisp, revelatory emails that land every morning in my inbox. This one is after my own heart.
Instead of paraphrasing, here it is […]

Pug in a blanket
Mar 31, 2010
Amanda O'Donovan

Where do Apostrophes go?

I’m always amazed (and amused) to see grown men reduced to a quivering heap at the mere mention of an apostrophe. In a blind panic, they randomly throw these little airborne commas at the page, hoping that some will land where they’re supposed to. I have also come across a few female culprits, but my […]

Man reading report on tablet
Mar 18, 2010
Amanda O'Donovan
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Charticles and Listicles?

When was the last time you read to the end of an article? Let’s be honest, some of us can’t even spare the seconds to read a whole blog posting or watch an entire YouTube video. Seth Godin describes this attention deficit as driveby culture. We’re all so busy searching for an experience, that we […]