My passion—creating imagery.

I paint. I write.

I’ve written lots of poems, storing them away in a briefcase. At first unsure of my ability to write well I imagined poetry as painting with words instead of a brush. This made writing manageable…easier. Pictures spilling from my mind as words on the page.

Completing my first manuscript, I joined several writers groups. Their advice, and encouragement help me understand how a story is woven—like a delicate tapestry.

I’ve re-written my story many, many times, adding a few strokes here and there for refinement. Finishing strokes. Or are they? And removing unnecessary words, scenes, chapters…

Someone asked me if there is a similarity between painting and writing—knowing when to stop? There definitely is a similarity. When am I done? Will I mess up the ending like the painting that should have been left alone? That additional touch of color, or mixing the wrong colors can produce a dull, muddy painting.  Adding too many words to ‘fluff’ a sentence or paragraph also results in a dull, ‘muddy’ story.

I am still writing and re-writing.

Happy writing and painting to you.

J. M. Orise

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for sending. I agree with the link. I do love to paint, but wish I could visualize like an artist. I should stick to writing. I love your new work!


  2. Jo, you are so correct about the connection between the arts. I have tried my hand at painting also, and I do know it’s easy to muddy things with too much of anything. My personal definition of poetry is condensed language about our sensory images and our emotions. And the author Orson Scott Card has written a book that says that writing a novel is combining belief, emotion involvement, and understandibility. He combines it into the phrase “Faith, hope and clarity.”


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