How to Include Humor in Your Stories

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Some of us are naturally blessed with a sense of funny and some of us (like me) are not. So what do you do, when you want to include a funny scene or a shot of humor in your story?

You learn. That’s right, writing humor is a skill you can learn by watching and listening to comedy greats. Once you start observing people like Robin Williams, Craig Ferguson, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Michael McIntyre you’ll laugh, but if you pay attention, you’ll also notice patterns in their jokes — how they…


The Willful Defiling of America

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Every nation has its dark moments in history — but striving to become something better than they were at their darkest time is what sets the best countries apart.

Those who have bettered the country through outstanding action in their chosen field are sometimes awarded a medal known as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor and recognizes efforts made toward the nation’s security, world peace, national, cultural, or creative endeavors.

Past Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients include distinguished creatives and social contributors such as Maya Angelou, Kirk Douglas…


Should You Include Sexting in Romance Writing?

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The term ‘sexting’ is a blend of sex and texting. It became a word in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in August 2012.

The word might be new because of our evolving relationship with tech and our phones, but the idea is not. Communicating our feelings to a cherished other in some written form has existed for centuries. The medium has changed, but the feeling and drive behind our motivations have not. Expressing love and physical need is a part of the human condition.

The question, ‘Should sexting be included in a romance novel?’ was…


How to Make Readers Feel

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Emotional scenes can be difficult, even exhausting, for both the writer to write and the reader to read. Not only that, achieving the desired result — making the reader feel and empathize with what the characters are going through can feel like an impossible task.

Most writers are tempted to ‘lay it on thick’ when it comes to emotion. Instinct and a lifetime of hearing ‘show don’t tell,’ leads to overwrought, over-the-top, unrealistic, bordering on hysterical scenes, or in a word, melodrama. The writer’s instinct is to put the emotions under a microscope to capture…


The Shame In Keeping Silent

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When the #MeToo movement was at the forefront and women from all walks of life came forward to speak about their experiences, I stayed quiet. I supported them at a distance, in silent solidarity but I didn’t want to talk about my experience. I wanted to forget it and the shame I felt even after thirty-four years had passed.

I was sixteen and in my second last year of high school. I needed several hours of experience in my chosen field before I could qualify to enroll in the college that taught the program.

My…


Give Your Novel a Powerful Start by Avoiding These Pitfalls

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Getting off to a good start is important in any undertaking but even more so when writing a story. We know we have to intrigue our readers and hook them as soon as possible. We need to convince them the time they’ll spend reading our creation will be time well spent.

We know what we have to do, but it’s also essential to know what not to do. Knowing the pitfalls will help us craft a more powerful beginning. Let’s take a look at some of the most common issues.


How to Create Villains Readers and Audiences Love

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Every great story has a great villain. Some stories have a villain so brilliant and relatable, readers and audiences love and root for them.

The mark of a one-dimensional villain is that no one loves them or cheers for them. This sort of villain has no redeeming quality and every villain should have at least one.

So how do we get readers and audiences to cheer for our villains?

We make them relatable. We make them human. Even Lucifer is relatable — he stood up for what he believed in. He stood…


Review: A Blending of ‘Old’ Trek with ‘New’ Trek

In this seventh live-action incarnation of Star Trek, we are reunited with The Next Generation’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard portrayed by Sir Patrick Stewart.

He is older and embittered but as passionate as ever when confronted with the wrongs perpetrated by the evolving universe and its politico-military watchdog, Star Fleet.

Eighteen years have passed since the events of the movie, Star Trek: Nemesis.

The good captain has retired to his vineyard in La Barre, France and lives with his trusty pit bull companion, Number One, and two caretakers who manage both the…


Blame the Owner, Blame the Breeder

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The debate over dangerous dog breeds has raged for a long time, but the concept of what constitutes dangerous is an arbitrary list based on stereotypes of breed and size.

Large dogs, especially working-class dogs, like German Shepherds, Rottweillers, Dobermans, and others like Pit Bulls, Boxers and Bulldogs get the worst rap.

The fact is, there are no bad dogs. ‘Dangerous dogs’ are a human creation. No breed is naturally aggressive.

Aggression occurs because of human abuse and tampering — inbreeding, overbreeding, poor environment and behavioral demands on the animal’s personality and physical abuse…


Both Types of Voices Have Value

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Every writer at some point in their career has heard the rule, ‘use active voice instead of passive voice.’

It’s one of those ‘in one ear and out the other’ rules, that people nod and agree with when they’re told about it, but are still caught doing it from time to time.

I think it’s important to understand what active and passive voice means and to know both have a place in our writing. They accomplish different jobs. They are both useful.

Active voice happens when the person or thing(called ‘the subject’ or ‘actor’)…

EV Emmons (Elizabeth)

Author of the paranormal novel, Eternity Awaits. Drinker of tea, eater of chocolate, and cuddler of furbabies. Helping others one article at a time.

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