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  1. Jan Bill

    Discussion Conclusion

    Farewell, Everyone! I’ve enjoyed presenting this course. Thank you for joining me and a hug to those who shared insights. I appreciate the opportunity to share the writing journey with you. If you have a few minutes I would be grateful for feedback on your experience. Please see Savvy Author’s...
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    Homework 7 - Homework: - Stay in Check with Your Feelings

    7 - Homework: - Stay in Check with Your Feelings What’s the funny moment in your love life? Symbolize the moment by bringing funny into the conflict played out as the big, finale kiss scene your reader’s have been yearning to experience.
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    Lecture 7 - Stay in Check with Your Feelings

    7 - Stay in Check with Your Feelings You write comedy by being in touch with what you don’t believe is right. Yet, it's your skill in showing the irony in opinions and illogical behavior in others with an objective tone that makes you a writer. You can find an emotional deluge of opinions on...
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    Homework 6 - HOMEWORK: Know Your Audience

    6 - HOMEWORK: Know Your Audience Research your favorite publishers’ and editors’ request lists. If necessary, modify your manuscript accordingly. I put together a few lists of publishers for my book, Romance Writers Win: Plan for Publication and I am sharing them below for your convenience...
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    Lecture 6 - Know Your Audience

    6 - Know Your Audience Back in the day, folks cracked jokes and everyone laughed. Those who acted like the characters in the jokes saw the irony in themselves. Those who had never experienced anything like it enjoyed the differences in life. Alas, that crazy thing called political correctness...
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    Homework 5 - HOMEWORK: Delivering Comic Tension

    5 - HOMEWORK: Delivering Comic Tension 1. What is a word mishap you can recall having? For me, my sister gave me directions to her new home. She told me to take Isaac’s 30 to some street. I got lost for hours. Finally, I called and she talked me to her home, laughing at me for...
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    Lecture 5 - Delivering Comic Tension

    5 - Delivering Comic Tension No Way! is What You Want Readers to Say Surprise is key for getting a laugh. You have to be thinking a few seconds faster than the reader. The setup is about building tension, but the purpose of each setup is slightly different. With the setup, you are establishing...
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    Homework 4 - HOMEWORK: Setting Up the Scene

    4 - HOMEWORK: Setting Up the Scene 1. Will your protagonist be the straight man? Or will your protagonist be the funny one? 2. Give three quirky traits about your protagonist. a.) her appearance could be the opposite of her demeanor, b.) her self-expression could contrast with her...
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    Lecture 4 - Setting Up the Scene

    Day 4 - Setting Up the Scene In Miss Congeniality, Sandra Bullock is flirtatious with the hero. She is obviously trying to shift her boss-employee relationship into something romantic. The tension builds as she playfully says what she’s been dying to say for years, and what most of us had...
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    Homework 3b - HOMEWORK: Rom Com - What's it All About?

    3b - HOMEWORK: Rom Com - What's it All About? We all love a good laugh. A light read is well worth every cent. A beautiful relationship is inspiring. Name your favorite Rom Com - For me, Author Lauren Weisberger - Devil Wears Prada is amazing. The title makes me smile. I enjoy it equally...
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    Lecture 3b - Rom Com - What's it All About?

    3b - Rom Com - What's it All About? As you write your passion, you might wonder what exactly makes a Rom Com. Let's see what the industry has to say - According to the Webster's Dictionary: ROMANTIC COMEDYThat's where the rom-com comes in, that wayward genre of sweet serendipity and...
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    Homework 3 - HOMEWORK: Where's Your Funny Voice?

    3 - HOMEWORK: Where's Your Funny Voice? 1. When you gather with family and friends, what do they point out as being unique about you? Is it the way you see the world? Is it the words you use to describe your day? Is it places you go? Or the way you present yourself to others? 2. What silly...
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    Lecture 3 - Where's Your Funny Voice?

    3 - Where's Your Funny Voice? We’ve all heard it, again and again — Find your voice. But how does that translate into being funny? There is a comedy voice. Your humorous tone is the element of storytelling that makes you unique. When you gather with family and friends, what do they point out as...
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    Homework 2 - HOMEWORK: Gather a Variety of Material

    2 - HOMEWORK: Gather a Variety of Material 1. Describe a scenario that happened to you in the last thirty days that made you smile. 2. Describe a scenario that happened in the last thirty days when you made someone else smile. It could be ironic. It could be the opposite of what you planned...
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    Lecture 2 - Gather a Variety of Material

    2 - Gather a Variety of Material Remember that time your friends and you were out for the evening, and that funny thing happened? Years pass, and your friends bring it up. They add comments and act out the scenario, intending to make you laugh harder each time you recount the event. It’s...
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    Lecture 1b - Nifty Tricks of the Trade

    1b - Nifty Tricks of the Trade Ease tension at strategic moments throughout the plot. Make notes in your outline where you will sprinkle comic relief into — dialogue, action, character traits, and scenes. Where do you add dashes of humor? The purpose of sprinkling in comic relief is to avoid...
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    Homework 1 - HOMEWORK: Establish a Comedic Character

    1 - HOMEWORK: Establish a Comedic Character Include a comedic relief in your cast of characters. Devise at least one character who will add humor, even in dramatic scenes. Name: Notable physical traits: Career: Funny Trait: Inspired by the Characters... Developing the Funny Character Below...
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    Lecture 1 - Establish a Comedic Character

    1 - Establish a Comedic Character A critical element of every story, regardless of the genre, is the comic relief. Whether you are working on a drama or thriller, a mystery or erotica, giving the reader a chance to laugh instills a sense of reality to your fiction. Let’s consider a popular...
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    Goals Course Schedule

    Below is an outline of the course schedule. We will review questions and discussions on any topics at any time during the course. Feel free to share about a lecture outside the schedule guide. I look forward to learning about all of your creative ideas!! May 3 - Establishing a Comedic Character...
  20. Jan Bill

    Discussion Introductions!

    Salutations! Good day to all! I'm your instructor for this class. My writing background began with nonfiction when I worked as an attorney in the federal courts and my opinions are published in legal books for attorneys and judges reference. I lectured at ABA approved seminars and authored...