Adding humour–a serious job

I add humour to my novels…but how? Well, I asked myself that question and found out that explaining how or why something is funny is actually really, really hard. I wracked my brain trying to figure out how on this green earth I write humour into my tales and all I came up with was this little example.

It’s something I wrote for Olivia’s Choice:

“She had not gone more than a handful of steps when the wind picked up and the rain started. It seemed Mother Nature had a sense of humour. A macabre one.”

That last part was the funny bit. That last part. The…No? Not even a hint of a smile? Rats.

Time to bring out the professionals.

Annie Binns wrote a great post on the blog Write to Done with great examples and much greater in-depth analysis on how to write something funny. She’s got it down to a science and did a much better job than my teenie-tiny example. Check it out. I was in awe.

Paranormal bliss

Nalini Singh is Paranormal bliss. She writes books in two series, the Guild Hunter series and the Psy/Changeling series. They’re both really amazing.

I only discovered her a few years back. I’d heard her name but didn’t read her stuff. Paranormal can be hard to get into. Complicated worlds where things are different…it’s all a little intimidating. Ms. Singh changes it in a flash. She has that gift of being able to grab the reader’s attention with a couple of sentences. Before I know it, not only am I hooked, I’ve figured out her world. Turns out, it wasn’t that complicated after all. Instead, it was awesome!

And her worlds are. I want to live in them. Plus, and I can’t emphasize this enough, there’s a wonderful love story. She writes heroes that intimidate and compel and heroines that I want to befriend and cheer for.

Better still, she’s consistently good. She keeps delivering one great book after another. I was suspicious of her new series, the Guild Hunter series…until the second sentence in the book. No joke. Elena is just awesome and Raphael is an intimidating, awe-inspiring hero. l could actually feel the excitement and thrill start and, as soon as the first chapter ended, I had to read the rest of the book.

Her books are, of course, all keepers. I just re-read the Guild Hunter series and sighed with renewed contentment at the end. So good. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

There is one more thing I should add. Something she does with words. I can’t explain exactly what it is but it’s almost poetic. She has these expressions about her characters, like she said of Dmitri that he ‘still danced with a blade’, meaning he fought with a sword. I know I’m not doing it justice, but, in her books, the words lift the story up. They’re almost magical. It’s really something. Not cooky or too much but edgy and impressive. I want to say cool but I’m afraid of what that might sound like.

Paranormal is not everyone’s cup of tea and some worlds are so complex you need to take a course to understand what’s going on. This is the complete opposite. Easy to like, strong characters and a wonderful love story. Add in a bit of super-powers and you’ve got a great book.

The only thing I regret about Nalini Singh is that I didn’t pick up her books sooner. I’d recommend her to anyone.

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http://www.nalinisingh.com

Another great review for Olivia’s Choice!

I’m over the moon with Andrea Whittle’s review. I’m thrilled to know she loved the book and wants to read part 2 (Amy’s Courage which I’m working on right now). She also did a little interview of yours truly and it’s in the post.

Here’s the link to the review:  http://pennydreadfulbooks.me/2013/11/20/olivias-choice-forest-races-1-taylor-grace/

So excited! Yeey!

Some good links for writers

I thought I’d share some links that I’ve found very helpful. These sites have great resources and they’re very organized (which helped me find what I wanted right away).

http://nhwn.wordpress.com/about/

This one is done by a group of writers trying to help out other writers. Check out their categories… Good, right?

http://www.thebeginningwriter.com

Another site full of resources for writers. I again, particularly like their categories. If I’m stuck on my plot or have an issue with a character, I know where to go.

http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com

This one is Kristen Lamb’s site. She’s a pro on self-advocacy for books. I not only found her site helpful, I also found her book helpful. Being a newbie, I needed a guiding hand getting started. She was exactly what I needed.

http://www.molly-greene.com/

Molly Greene won an award for her blog. It’s full of goodness and I found some articles really helpful (because I’d already done the mistakes she warned about…oops!).

If you have any others that you have found helpful, send me a comment and I’ll show it here! Let’s all help each other out!