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Ritu Bhathal

Hello there, my long-lost friends!

Firstly, let me apologise for not posting for around half of this year.

What can I say…

Being a full-time teacher in management, having recently been through the OFSTED debacle (we got Good, so I’m not complaining, but still, STRESS!), on top of being mum to two teens at critical points in their lives and development, as well as wife and daughter… yadda yadda… well, put it this way, it leaves little time for the creative side of me.

Still, I have news and lots of it!

Over the summer, I finally completed the manuscript for my second book, which will be book two in the Rishtay Series, following on from Marriage Unarranged.

It was sent off to several readers, my editor and my publisher, and though tweaks are still happening, we have a release date of 1st June 2023 to coincide with PRIDE month!

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Lord Byron’s Birthday January 22, 1788.

January 22, 1788

George Byron, destined to be Lord Byron, is born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Born into poverty and with a clubfoot, no doubt two emotionally influencing circumstances, he would then at the age of 10 become Lord Byron when inheriting his great uncle’s title. A world traveler, poet, and the father of a mathematical genius, August Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (She’s considered the world’s first computer programmer for work on Charles Babbage’s computing machine.).

Scandal followed him until he settled in Geneva near Percy Bysshe and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. He got involved with Mary’s sister, had a daughter then raced off to Vienna for a wild time with Countess Teresa Guiccioli.  He died at the age of 36.

Who else could have written Don Juan? Click the title to go to a site that will have another link for a pdf of the poem. So, no, you won’t download anything by clicking my link.

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Lord Byron circa 1820.

Review of Blue Flame: Book Two of the Daemon Collecting Series by Alison Levy.

A standalone in a series that makes me want to read the first and can’t wait for the next.

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Blue Flame book cover. Box with a etheral hand coming out of it.
  • Title: Blue Flame: Book Two of the Daemon Collecting Series
  • Author: Alison Levy
  • Print Length: 415
  • Publisher: SparkPress
  • Publication Date: October 11, 2022
  • Language: English
  • Formats:  eBook and Paperback (At various outlets including Amazon and B&N.)
  • Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy
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Author Alison Levy creates a universe/world called Nota, that is parallel to our own in which everything here exists there but with a twist of Fantasy and Science Fiction being a reality. It is a bit more layered than that with other dimensions playing havoc with Nota. One very young character tries to protect his mother from an enemy only he can see. Another tries to reclaim his life, while another character desires to learn about a culture from another dimension. All this occurs while trying to solve…

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Interested in being a Book Reviewer or other?

Lit World Interviews is a site I started many years ago where authors can get free online promotion.

Now I’m looking for some new Book Reviewers and people who have advice to share in the areas of Writing, Self-Publishing, and Book Promotion.

This is a great opportunity to share their opinions on books that sometimes are overlooked. Also to share the experience one might have that can help others achieve their dream of becoming an author with their book in the hands of readers.

LWI is a volunteer run site.

I would like to get some posts going again in regards to:

  • Book reviews
  • Self-publishing: Both the how to and promotion. Speaking from experience and/or sharing article links and advice from the pros. This tend to be our most viewed articles over time. Our former resident experts really knew their stuff.
  • If you writing/editing/style advice.

This isn’t an every week thing, or even once a month. It’s as you can do them.

email me at litworldinterviews @ if you are interested.

It would be helpful if you include something from the following, so I can see work you may have done:

  • Which of the mentioned areas you would like to participate in.
  • Your site address, if you have one
  • Your name, of course
  • Your social media outlets. The ones you are willing to share posts on. And if you are willing to share the other posts from the site to Twitter, automatically. That’s how they CAN occur, but not MUST occur.
  • Your genre interests (I don’t really have a no genre approved list. But I’m sure something will come up someday. But I’m not looking for that one to occur.)
  • Links to any reviews you may have done on Amazon or Goodreads

email me at litworldinterviews @ if you are interested.



Question for Writers- Software/Programs.

I am wondering if any of you writers out there could tell me what Writing Software/Program you have found useful. It can be FREE or something you must PURCHASE. If you’ve had bad experience with one, please let me know in the comments. I’ll leave it there so I don’t influence your ideas by what I’m needing. Why? Because I may need something totally different than what I think I do.


Thanks in advance,


Why my poetry reads like it does.

Art imitates life. Well, usually that’s the other way around but for me and this blog… So, I thought I would give everyone a little bit of an explanation about how weird some of my poetry is lately. If you’ve been following the blog long enough you know that I pretty much write what’s going on, for the most part. Sometimes it could just be inspired by a song or the beat of a song. Lately it’s about life.

One thing I love about haiku is that with so few words you can have so many meanings. For me, the meaning of my poetry is pretty simple, but when I read them again I can see how they can be interpreted them other ways. I mean I like writing a poem that is so clear to me but can be something else to others and completely opposite to anything I thought of at first.

Life is crazy at the moment for me. I am having to exist to keep my mother eating and moving and living while at the same time trying to do the same for me who has been isolated from the world for almost nine years. I drive now, for the first time in that long. I do everything. Not complaining, although I really am complaining but I can because I know all of the stuff.

So, I say all of that to explain that my poetry starts out to be a positive and moving forward thing but may end up sounding a little negative. It’s just word selection and how I use those words. I like to throw a twist in there.

Expect some attempts at funny and randomness. I loved writing that way back when I started the blog. Expect some poetry that reads like songs. I can hear the beat even if you can’t, although I try to write the words in such a way that you might figure it out.

Keep reading!


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Destination? – a poem


My heart’s desire fades across time and space, racing the waves.

Yet, no matter the path traveled, my passion remains full and bright.

But should desire be fuel for the attainable or the denied?


This is my entry for this weeks Sijo Poetry Challenge with theme/inspiration of PASSION

There are details in the prompt on how to write a Sijo, a syllable based poetry form similar to a haiku but originating in Korea.

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I lower my guard, allowing the enemy inside.

Destruction of life’s joys … built on untold moments of tears.

My parapet’s construction begins anew upon rubble and quicksand.


This is my entry for this weeks Sijo Poetry Challenge with theme/inspiration of GUARD.

***Not inspired by current celebrity events. Prompt challenge and poem written on Sunday.***

There are details in the prompt on how to write a Sijo, a syllable based poetry form similar to a haiku but originating in Korea.

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Unavoidable: a Sijo poem.


Time passes with twists and turns; a relentless force.

One day the scent of life’s wind is sweet, the next sour with despair.

Will the next season be rancid or rejoiceful?


This is my entry for this weeks Sijo Poetry Challenge with theme/inspiration of Season.

There are details in the prompt on how to write a Sijo, a syllable based poetry form similar to a haiku but originating in Korea.

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Ronovan’s Update Update

An update: My Mother came home Thursday, and without scheduled rehab or in home health care. Meaning I’m it. At about 9 pm or so on the same day we received a call that my father was fading. We made it to the hospital, was misdirected to his room. It took almost 10 minutes and a nurse to finally lead us to him, only to have missed his last moments of consciousness. We made the decision to obey his wishes. We went home and as we sat in our chairs the phone rang. He had just passed away. He waited until my mother was comfortable in her chair and safe in their home.

Now I’m with her and I have to say that helping to rehab a 68 y/o former nurse who just lost her husband of 45 years and knows nothing of finances is an experience.



I wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here. My mother fell and broke her hip early Thursday morning and I went to stay with my 89 year old father. Well at about 1 am this morning I had to call 911 for my father who has something called IPF. A lung condition.

She’s doing better and he is in ICU.

A wonderful 5 days.

Ronovan’s Update

I wanted to let everyone know that I’m still here. My mother fell and broke her hip early Thursday morning and I went to stay with my 89 year old father. Well at about 1 am this morning I had to call 911 for my father who has something called IPF. A lung condition.

She’s doing better and he is in ICU.

A wonderful 5 days.

Kimberly Hess on Sarah B. Cochran, the Inspiration Behind “A Lesser Mortal”

If you are into women who blazed the trail for others in industry, education, and more you need to read this article and get the book. She was on par with Andrew Carnegie in her philanthropy and business acumen.

And share the post on your Social Media platforms.

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Kimberly Hess on Sarah B. Cochran, the Inspiration Behind “A Lesser Mortal”

I grew up with the power of women’s experiences in the stories I heard about female ancestors and relatives. Whether they were politically active, ahead of their time, or overcoming enormous obstacles, each one’s story helped me to understand what I could do. One in particular was Sarah B. Cochran. When my parents and I regularly visited family in southwestern Pennsylvania, I saw artifacts from her life, like the mansion and church she had built, which were being added to the National Register of Historic Places when I was a little girl. I also knew that her decision to put my great-grandmother through college in 1917 still influenced my life many years later.

In that part of the country, it seemed that everybody knew something about her work in the Connellsville coke industry or respected her public and…

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The Schemer.

The Schemer

There is a man who we can surmise,
by his words and actions,
he plots our nation’s demise.

His ego is such he cares not one whit,
if we rise to the top,
or stay mired in our own____.

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Merry Christmas and Hoppy New Year!

The big man, with his back to the fire. scanned the room waving the horseshoe in every direction.

He nodded, satisfied.

Best 20 Galleons I ever spent.

“D1 looks safe enough this year.”

“Big Belly, keep your guard up. Remember the boy has Weasley blood.”

“Don’t worry, I got this.”

He placed the gifts under the tree.

A new quill and journal for Lily, a very good girl.

James. Santa hesitated…not exactly good but a broom cleaning kit, nonetheless.

Al, so disrespectful. Coal or Gonçalo Flores’ latest memoir? Volume 16? Good Grief.

Ah, the Weasley sweaters. Will Molly ever learn what colors clash with ginger hair?

Bag empty. Good. “Big Belly to D1, on the way.”


But before Santa could place his finger aside his nose, he saw them. Ginny Potter’s famous cookies with a large glass of milk. So tasty last year.


Only eat after leaving presents!


Only James Sirius Potter. With a big sigh and a shake of his head, he gobbled the cookies down followed by the glass of milk.

“Ahh, delicious. Ginny always delivers.”

“Big Belly, did you eat something?”


“This is the Potter house.”

“I’ve eaten here before?”

“For Sunday roast with the missus. You know not to trust anything tonight.”

“D1, you are overreac—BURRRPPP!”

“Oh no. B. B. do you copy?”


“Santa, can you hear me?”


Dasher snorted. Steam rose into the London air.

“Polar Bear, this is D1, we have a Code Green.”

“D1, this is Polar Bear. Usual location?”

“Yeah. Milk and cookies. He never learns.”

“EES inbound in 3, 2, 1.”

With a loud pop, three elves appeared in front of Dasher. “We’ll have him up in a jiffy, boys.” The leader said. “And he was boasting of a spell detector he bought off a Goblin that would save him this year.”

“Hey, Ernie?”

“Sup Big D?”

“Take a pic and post it. It’ll trend until New Year’s.”

“Got it, Big D.”

Seconds later a ding sounded. Dasher and the others activated their Moogle Lenses to see a picture of a hot pink frog with rosy cheeks and a long white beard wearing Santa’s hat.

In the background, a sign had been hung.





The Potters


“You think he’ll take back that broom cleaning kit?” Prancer asked.

Dancer shook his head. “Nope. James got him. Once it’s under the tree, Santa can’t take it back. It’d be stealing.”

“And we still haven’t gone to any of the actual Weasley houses yet.”

“True.” Dasher stared out over the quiet night, the North Star shining and a gentle fall of snowflakes dusting the air.


It might be okay.


“Uh, hey, can any of you move?” Comet asked.

Dasher tugged each hoof. Nothing. With all his strength he pulled his right front hoof. It rose with long strings of a black rubber-like substance connecting the hoof to the roof.



“Steal the cleaning kit!”

“Got it, Big D.”

My offering for the Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes Prompt Challenge Holiday Special.

‘Santa arrives at the home of Harry Potter where the Potter children have left cookies and milk for Santa to eat. He does. What happens next?’

Word Count is 500 words or less.

The first reported case of deviled ham.

I thought I would share something from my first year of blogging. My thankful things on here are pretty much the same. I have a couple of newer ones I’ve come to appreciate and give me inspiration for living life and for continuing to live. Those to may sound the same but they are completely different. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Give thanks for those and what you are thankful for, and what this day has come to represent in the hearts of those across the nation.


It’s early here. Especially early considering it is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. I have a blanket wrapped around my legs, the warmth makes the joints and bones feel decent. Who would have thought at my age I would need to be doing that? But then no one would have ever thought Mr. Human Heater would ever need a blanket.

So what am I thankful for today,

on this National Holiday?

I suppose I need to start with God,

and continue with that I at least still have a bod.

Family must be in the picture,

I hope that cranberry salad is of the right mixture.

Loved ones and smiling faces galore,

or the thoughts that I most adore.

Creativity and my imagination,

are two things needing appreciation.

Of course my friends here and there,

and those most loved everywhere.

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Visit and give the lady some congratulations.

Sweet aroma

Great-great-grandmother –

As the ebb and flow of life

Brings me Oliver!


Picture is my real great-great grandson. Adorable, huh?


Written for Ronavan A weekly haiku challenge by Ronavan Writes

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5 Ways to Discover Story Ideas.

Many people want to be a writer. They want to create the perfect story about___________? And that blank is about as far as the majority gets with their dream. The dream will stay with them for years or even decades of their lives. They might have a vague image of something in their mind, but it refuses to become a clearly formed image.

I’ve been like that with some of my ideas. I’ll sit for hours on adjectives swirling around in my brain but not sure what they’re mean. But, eventually, I growl into the 02:00 AM air and break out a pen and pad of paper or go full-on rage mode and boot up the laptop. That’s when the business of story ideas begins.



“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”Orson Scott, Author of the Ender’s Game series.

Orson Scott quote, white letters, on silhouette of legs walking on coblble stone street.

Scott is right, very right. You hear many people say, “A story torn from today’s headlines.” The reason for that is because the book or short story, headline the author/writer saw on the news, in the newspaper, or even a social media snippet.


These headlines aren’t just for reality-based genres but can be used for science fiction and fantasy, and magical realism. Yes, that last one is somewhat reality-based, but it still can have plenty of fantasy elements.

I took a glance at today’s headlines, and one is about the L.A. Dodgers going for their 7th World Series title while the Tampa Bay Rays are going for their first.
The first idea to come to mind is a fantasy in which to win their freedom, the Rays of Taba must defeat the brutal forces of the Angels of DoLos.  The Rays know this is their last chance. The battle is set in a series of ever-increasing deadly matches of skill, requiring the combatants to overcome the fear of the situation places them in. The protagonist/hero/main character can be any gender or none at all, any skin tone, any traits at all that appeals to you. The Rays don’t need to win in the story but can lose by deceit, and then they begin to truly fight. They do so guerilla-style, hit and run, a war from the shadows.

Here’s another fantasy idea using the same headline and the same names, with a twist. Prince Taba must find the Ring of Wisdom before Lord Ángeles of the Kingdom of DoLos or Ángeles will possess all Seven Rings of The Ancients and have the power to destroy Taba’s people. If Taba can find it first, the wisdom he receives will save his people and overcome the DoLos. The 7th Ring! In the Bible, the number 7 is the number of physical and spiritual perfection. In numerology, it means both deep and wise. Both references have even more meanings, but I think you get where this is going. Here, I turned Taba into a person. You could also turn this into an Indiana Jones-type action-adventure as well, think Temple of Doom. Or you could say Taba must reach the 7th Circle, the Circle of (Fill in the Blank), to defeat Lord Ángeles of the Kingdom of DoLos.

“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.”Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Mitch Albom quote on silhouettes of mothers with children scenarios.

This one nails the idea behind finding a story. What Albom says is true. You can take a moment in your life and turn it into something else.


For instance, I had a few seconds when I was in the 6th grade that could’ve changed my entire school experience. I can still feel that moment today. I’ve relived that moment but changed it in so many ways. Each change leads me down a new path in life. I usually end up being a common sense, logical genius, solving the environmental, global warming, green energy, unemployment, poverty, and hunger problems of the world. And the solution is easy. After all, I’ve done it several times.

I’ve rescued famous people. Won elections. Prevented disasters. Conquered Mars. Colonized planets in other solar systems. And I’ve done it all by changing one point or other in my life.


Another way to find an idea is to read a book, watch a movie or TV show, or listen to a song. I’ve found ideas in each of those. No, I don’t copy what I’m enjoying. What I do is, take a line, or an image or some random interpretation of a moment or an emotion, and turn that into a story idea. I currently have 74 separate series of ideas. That’s not 74 books, that’s 74 series. And some of those series I already have three to twelve books story structured.

I write down everything I come up with, along with a description of the idea, what inspired it and anything else I can come up with. If it’s a song, what line of the song and what was I thinking or feeling that inspired the idea. Just a title doesn’t always work. Get all the details you can, or at least enough to head you in the right direction when and if you ever come back to it. If you are serious about becoming an author, carry something on you that you can get those ideas in a form for later. A little notebook, your phone to either make a note or record a message, a tablet.

If you don’t you may lose the most enjoyable writing experience of your life. Some people say, if you can’t remember the idea until later, then it wasn’t good enough, to begin with. Not true. At least not always. I’ve seen so many of my ideas show up on both the big screen and small screen. Some I’ve written down, and some that come back to me as I’m watching or sometimes even reading my thought I had twenty years ago.

“Don’t stop because you’ve hit a block. Finish the page, even if you write nothing but your own name. The block will break if you don’t give in to it. Remember, writing is a physical habit as well as whatever you want to think it is—calling, avocation, talent, genius, art.”Isabelle Holland, author of The Man Without a Face.

Isabelle Holland quote in simple white text on black band and marble styled background.


But what if you’re still wanting to grab onto that vague image you have?

  1. Write down those adjectives you have, no matter how random or unrelated you think they may be.
  2. Get in front of the laptop, close your eyes, and begin typing what you can make out of that image. It may not make any sense. That’s perfectly fine. First moments of ideas seldom do.
  3. Don’t backspace. You can spellcheck later. That’s what Grammarly or whatever you like to use, is for.
  4. As you type, there is a good chance other random thoughts will come to mind, possibly trying to distract you, or so you think. Type them. Get them out of your head so you can either use them later or get them out of the way of where you’re headed.

Once you’ve done what you can. You can do one of two things:

  1. Read what you’ve come up with and see if it takes you somewhere
  2. Walk away for a few days and give your brain and the information time to rest/marinate.
    • You have a creative whirlwind and ideas fly from through your fingers and into words you’ve been begging for.
    • You get frustrated because none of it makes sense and you are no closer to your goal than before you started….or so you think at the time.\

Two things could happen with either choice, in other words, pros and cons:

    • You have a creative whirlwind and ideas fly from through your fingers and into words you’ve been begging for.
    • Or you get frustrated because none of it makes sense and you are no closer to your goal than before you started….or so you think at the time.\
    • You return with a fresh uncluttered mind. Perhaps random ideas have popped into your head while doing other tasks
    • Or you see what the words and thoughts, and get frustrated. And for the same reason as the READING IT NOW frustration. You just don’t see it yet.


But what you can do once you have the results of those initial word writing storms is expand on the words, the adjectives. You know you want a certain kind of story, you just don’t know what the story is. Now you begin to add.

  • Is there a positive protagonist? If so, what are the characteristics you would like the character to have? These can be both external and internal characteristics.
  • Do you want the character to have flaws? If so, what kind do you feel drawn to at that moment?
  • Do you want them to be an anti-hero?
  • Do you have thoughts of an antagonist? Now, this is a bit tricky. An antagonist can take on the guise of a person, a creature, a spirit, a political system, a society, a nation, a world, a universe, and so many other things. Write down the ones you like.
  • Do you see colors? Sounds odd, but colors can lead you places. It could be hair, eyes, the sky, sea, land, or an object.
  • Do you get a feeling there are certain types of people, like an alien race, or elves or sidekicks, anything?

Just because you write it down the initial ideas or the expanded ones, does not mean you must use them. It’s just word playing and seeing if something jumps or sticks.

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman, author of many things.

Neil Gaiman quote in white text on background of people typing and a retro comic strip character.


This is such an obvious one, I almost didn’t include it. You can throw a rock at a list of blogs and probably hit one that has writing prompts. And I don’t just mean for you to use flash fiction or prose writing prompts. Poetry prompts or photography prompts will work just as well.  Here’s a post on’s blog, Best Fantasy Writing Prompts, which has 107 for you to choose from. But don’t forget there’s a list of blogs and prompts they offer here on this site, Challenges/Prompts From the Blogosphere.

Of course. there are other ways to come up with ideas, but these are a few you can start with.

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5 Unexpected Ways to Inject Humor Into Your Writing

Let’s be honest, the business of being humorous can be very un-fun. Good writers make comedy seem easy and natural, but you never really know how much concentrated effort goes into each funny scene and amusing conversation. Not everyone can call on their wittiest self at the snap of their fingers — and on top of that, we don’t all appreciate the same kind of humor.


That said, there are some general ways to be funnier in your writing. Whether you’re composing a poem, publishing a book, or writing an article, here are five ways to flex your humor muscles! (Spoiler alert: it does not involve scrolling through endless memes and waiting for osmosis to transport all that good-natured banter into your brain.)

1. Imagine you’re talking to your funniest friend

Everyone has someone in their lives who they can always rely on for a good laugh. Or someone whose company makes them feel more comical in conversation. It’s the atmosphere that they create — relaxed, carefree, lighthearted — which brings joyful ideas into your head.

When you’re writing a humorous scene or an amusing article, try dipping your pen into that atmosphere by imagining that you, or your character, are talking to this wonderful, laid-back person. It’s a first step toward putting you at ease, and letting your inherent humor shine through! You may find the tone of your writing lightens considerably. And sometimes, even more so than momentous punchlines or top-notch puns, this can make all the difference to your readers’ experience.

Now that you’re in the right mood, let’s jump into some more specific tricks.

2. Apply the Rule of Three

I like to think that three is the magic number for almost everything — often, characters come in trios, stories happen in three acts, and meals are consumed in three courses. And in comedy, the Rule of Three is rather well-known. It dictates that when listing three things in succession, you can create a pattern with the first two and then misdirect with the last — and there you have your punchline.

You’ll catch a lot of comedians doing this on a daily basis, from John Oliver to Trevor Noah (it’ll be hard not to notice, now that the cat is out of the bag). Check out this little verse by Bill Engleson, in response to Haiku challenge 321, to see the Rule of Three at work in satirical poetry. Or watch any classic NBC comedy — again, it’ll be impossible not to notice it now!

3. Have a “wait for it” moment

With the Rule of Three, you don’t wait to deliver the punchline. But with other forms of humor, a little pause before the deciding word or phrase is an easy and useful way to deliver a bit. Given that you’re writing, rather than speaking, a “pause” of sorts can also help you set the tone and let the audience know that you’re telling a joke, without having to say so. This is something to keep in mind if you’re a naturally sarcastic writer whose humor requires a bit of context.

To do this, simply use an ellipsis (…) or an em-dash (—) to indicate a pause in speech. Remember, though, that this trick shouldn’t be overused. Not only can it disrupt the flow of the writing, but it can also make your joke seem obvious, which is not what any writer wants. There’s a fine balance to maintain when you want to appear effortlessly humorous.

4. Use words with plosives

Being funny often comes down to a single word, because apparently, some words are funnier than others. Not just because they sound made-up, like bumfuzzle or codswallop, but because they contain sounds that are supposedly more amusing. These sounds are called plosives, and are associated with letters such as b, p, d, k, t, and g. You can see how the examples I listed exhibit this phonetic quality — and how even simply replacing other letters with these might make a serious word sound more humorous. (“That’s why they call it murder and not muckduck.”)

What you can do when writing is remain mindful of plosives when picking your words. It’s a minor thing, but again, it helps to build the playful tone in your piece. Instead of searching, why not use fumbling? Instead of shocked, why not flabbergasted? Even small changes like these can make your writing sound 100% funnier.

5. Share an anecdote

You can strategically think your way through a comedic scene or paragraph, but you can also tell a hilarious story — that is, if you’ve got one that fits the theme. Stories are always a wonderful way to connect with people, so if there’s a personal experience that you found hilarious, share it in your writing!

Anecdotes are also the perfect tool for bloggers and non-fiction writers, because they inject personality into your writing. Even un-funny ones can make a great hook or introduction to an article — imagine what a genuinely funny one might do.

Those are some tips to help you set a cheery mood and inject humor into your writing, whatever the form or style. Remember to keep a light heart, not think about it too much, and always get someone to read your work before it goes live (just to make sure you’re not being too funny) — and you’ll turn out just fine.

Desiree Villena is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. She tries her best to be funny in writing and very occasionally succeeds.

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Poetry Challenges and Prompts?

IHello Y’all,

I’m looking to participate in some poetry challenges, and writing challenges, other than my own, and thought maybe some of you could put links in the comments to your favorites. And maybe a one-sentence blurb of what it’s about. Not a necessary thing though.

The links you provide will appear on a page, Challenges/PromptsFrom the Blogsphere, at the top of my blog, as long as they are writing-related and preferably not too naughty. If they are naughty, just let me know and I can make a note by the link.

Don’t worry if someone has already put your choice in, put it anyway. That just shows me how popular it is. Also, you can give more than one challenge site.

The sites could be:

  • poetry prompts
  • writing prompt sites in general
  • Flash Fiction
  • It can be an image that is meant to inspire a written word response. (Or typed word, for you literal types.)

I would like to start doing some fiction as well. I’m editing a few books for authors now, and writing my own but need a creative brain break to do something entirely off the plot.

If you facilitate a prompt/challenge then please comment with the link and a little blurb of what it is. As few words as possible.

This will help me, who always forgets where to go, and it’ll be good for people visiting this post to find some prompt sites.

I’ll be making a page with the prompt sites you provide, and the prompt/challenge. If you can provide a small blurb of what it’s about, that would be great, but it’s not required. The site link is what is a must. With the page, we all can easily find them, or at least I can.

I’d like to start up my Friday Fiction prompt again but I would not be as involved as I was before when I was reading and critiquing each story, providing feedback, and some technical information. It’s more difficult to come up with prompts than you might think. If readers show some interest in it, I might start it up. I know of a couple of people who ended up becoming authors after participating. And no, I’m not counting you, and you know who you are. Although I want to. And technically it’s true. 😀

My two poetry prompts are:

Thanks ahead of time. And please do give some great ones.

Much Respect,


P.S. If you see any extra letter ‘t’s in the above, forgive me. My ‘t’ key is apparently on the way out. It is super sensitive right now a I end up with two or three ‘t’s sometimes. I had to edit three words in this P.S. message alone. 🙂

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Writer’s Block Décima

This one should hit home for everyone reading this blog. Not just the poets out there. Of course this NEVER EVER NEVER happens to me. (So what if I didn’t write for 4 years.)

My Fresh Pages

Writer’s block is an artist’s mite;
Tumbleweed blowing in the wind.
The malicious blank canvas grinned,
He cocked his head, and laughed in spite.
Who transmitted this parasite?
I want my thoughts to merge and mesh,
Creating poems filled with flesh.
Who ran away with my ideas?
This has confirmed all of my fears.
I buffer when I press refresh.

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Décima Challenge #12 found here

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