An acrostic is formed by writing the subject vertically down the left hand margin of a page. Words that suit the subject are then chosen, beginning with the first letter of each line.
If we pick on John as an example, I would write:
So, first I would try to think of a word beginning with J that either suits him or describes him. Next, a word beginning with O, and so on.
Knowing John’s character, I might well choose:
However, I might want to form sentences instead, eg:
June is a month when he is
Making acrostics is a great way to explore any topic. However, it is extremely useful for “awkward” topics or names, hence the first in our series of acrostics:
We follow it with a second example, Meetings of the Waters