• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

Birth Order

Birth Order

How birth order affects your characters

We all know the cliches of the spoiled baby of the family or the tyrant older sister.  Why not use this information to drive your characters through your story?

In “Birth Order, Adding Depth to the Characters You Write,” I examine the strengths and flaws of each child of a family’s hierarchy (now grown for your plotting purposes). If you’ve wondered why your hero is a leader, a clown or a negotiator, the answer might be in where his birth order lies.

The last section looks at the romantic relationships between the different birth orders.  Do you want your hero and heroine to clash?  Make them both first-borns.  If your heroine has older brothers, how does her status affect her relationship with the hero, who is the youngest of his clan?

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A truncated version of this information was presented as a workshop to my writing group, Grand Rapids Region Writers Group.

Happy writing!

 

 

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The secret the tourist industry isn’t telling you about traveling to Hawai’iDengue fever is a viral illness spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.  Symptoms typically start 5-6 days after being bitten but the onset can range from 2-15 days.  Symptoms include fever, rash, severe headaches, joint and muscle pains

As the rest of the world (and media attention) focuses on the zika virus, we in Hawaii are living day-to-day with Dengue fever (pronounced Den-gee).  As a resident of Hawaii Island (Big Island), I’m sitting in the cross hairs of the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world.  I know some of its victims.  It’s a debilitating disease, called the “Bonecrushing” disease in the past because of severe muscle pains.

What is dengue fever?

Let’s back up a moment and explain the threat.  Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.  Symptoms typically start 5-6 days after the initial bite, but the onset ranges from 2-15 days.  Symptoms include fever, rash, severe headaches, joint and muscle pains and possible blood clotting issues.  It usually goes away after 1-2 weeks.  Four types of dengue make finding a cure or an effective vaccine difficult. Producing a vaccine to treat all four challenges scientists.
259 case are confirmed as of 2-19-2016.

Continue reading Dengue Fever—The Secret the Tourist Industry Isn’t Telling You About Your Trip to Hawai’i

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Hook Your Readers with These Tips

Hook Your Readers with These Tips

Start Your Book the Right Way-How to Hook Your Readers

Even if you’re new to writing, you know the importance of writing a hook for your novel. It grabs your reader’s attention and convinces him to buy. A good hook raises questions, piques curiosity, and draws the reader deeper into your story.
Without a compelling, question—producing opening, your reader isn’t going to buy. You only have a few sentences to make an impression. Nowadays, no one has the luxury of time. You have to hit them fast and hard.
Your reader wants to be drawn into a believable world from word one. He expects to be entertained. Don’t disappoint him. Continue reading Start Your Book The Right Way

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