Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
I can't remember if I've posted this before, but I have a favorite book on writing humor that I refer to over and over. It really taught me all I know about putting humor into my books. The funny thing is....writing humor is actually not fun and games. It's quite a lot of work using a lot of different tricks. It is definitely something you can learn. You don't have to be naturally "funny" to put humor into your books. I REALLY enjoy humor, but I'm not that witty when I'm talking to people. I just happen to know a lot of tricks that make people laugh when I write...and you can find out about them too. They are all in this book, called, "Comedy Writing Secrets," by Mel Helitzer.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Just for Life on the Funny Farm, Rebecca has composed a humorous family essay about her own family life that I wanted to share with you! Here it is: Enjoy!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
The reason I haven't been posting fast recipes for the busy writer and mother is because I no longer NEED them. Because I found the greatest recipe book on earth. (That may be the humorist exaggeration taking over in me, but it's how I feel.) The book is called, Slow Cooker Revolution, by America's Test Kitchen.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Today is the day I post my favorite writing articles I've read recently! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! (click on the captions below each pictures to get to the articles)
Thursday, June 19, 2014
So he began to write his first draft in order to get the plot down. When he felt he had gotten the plot fleshed out really well, then he'd go back through each scene and insert setting details, then go back once more and add in character details to make his characters more real and make sure they were maturing and growing at the right pace.
This advice has served me well over the years. Usually I use it when I am editing after I feel I've finally gotten the story "right." It really helps me to be sure that each scene has character, plot, and setting, and that I haven't left anything out.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
If you want links to more great articles on writing...follow my "writing" pinterest board here.
ALSO DON'T FORGET TO HONOR DAD TOMORROW!!! MY FAVORITE LAST MINUTE IDEAS ARE POSTED HERE.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Here's Laurie with the details:
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The last title, "Confessions of a Completely Insane Mother," really got the book a lot of attention in the LDS market. This new humor book is for the national market, although it is basically the same humor essays about motherhood format. What do you think? What's a good title for a motherhood humor book?
Monday, June 09, 2014
Saturday, June 07, 2014
I would make a case for the former. I think it is WAY easier to find a publisher if you research the market FIRST. Because if you know that no publishers are accepting stories with animal characters in them, then you can avoid having spent a whole lot of time on writing something nobody will buy. So if you are wanting to write a romance novel. Look at what is out on the shelves. Go to the library and read a bunch of books in the type of genre you are interested in. This is to help you avoid putting out the same old thing that is already out there. You will be able to see where the market is over-saturated.
Then find a copy of the "Writer's Market." Look up the publishers in the genre you are interested in writing. Find their websites. The websites should tell you what each publisher is looking for. You can do this when finding an agent as well. Then, once you have a good idea of what publishers and agents are looking for, write away! You'll be secure in the knowledge that there actually IS a market for what you are writing, and you are not wasting valuable creative energy and writing time.
Friday, June 06, 2014
Today's the day I post some of my favorite pins that support families! It's also NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY!! HOW FUN IS THAT? (click on the captions to go to the sites) Enjoy!
Monday, June 02, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Seriously! I am embarrassed at how long I waited to figure this out. It is so easy to design a website on Godaddy.com using their web designing templates. You can even do wordpress websites through them if you are more inclined to go that way.
Right now Godaddy is having a sale where you can use their web design templates and get a website for $1 a month for a year. After that the price goes to $5.99/mo, unless you lock in a lower price for more than one year. The domain is included in the package.
It took me 1 1/2 hours to design this website for myself for the upcoming new book. Check it out! What do you think? I didn't even read any directions or watch any tutorials. Everything is pretty self-explanatory. Just use a little experimentation and it becomes very clear. Try it! Don't wait as long as me, or hire it done, because it is just so easy!
And just some eye candy for you...I love this time of year when the poppies come out don't you? It feeds my soul!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Humor writers know that Irony is one of the main weapons in their writing arsenal. Irony is a tool that writers have been using since the time of the greek tragedies. Here is a good definition:
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Okay, okay, I could NOT resist posting this for any of you who have dogs in your family.