How to Use Humor in Your Writing

How to Use Humor in Your Writing

 A man walks into a bookstore. “Where’s the self-help section?” he asks the clerk. She shrugs and replies, “If I tell you, won’t that defeat the purpose?” —AnonymousJan Elder is my guest today. She shares tips with us about a subject I’d like to master. Humor in...
You Should Rethink the Coincidences in Your Stories

You Should Rethink the Coincidences in Your Stories

“Coincidence cannot replace motivation.” — Debra Dixon I’ve been reading Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. Her discussion about coincidences spoke to me. I wanted a scene between my hero and his widowed sister-in-law, the heroine, concerning an ugly...
Sometimes You Need a Rejection

Sometimes You Need a Rejection

“ I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.” — Sylvester Stallone    Through my writing, I’ve learned an important truth. I’ve gone to conferences, attended workshops, read books on the craft, been...