Thursday, July 21, 2016

Goldfish Blog Tour: Top Tips for Finding Humor in Writing

 Title: Goldfish
 Author: Nat Luurstema                                        Goodreads Rating: 4.01 Stars                      Summary: Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. She’s not boasting, she really is. So things are looking pretty rosy the day of the Olympic time-trials. With her best mate Hannah by her side, Lou lines up by the edge of the pool, snaps her goggles on and bends into her dive… Everything rests on this race. It’s Lou’s thing. … or it was. She comes dead last and to top it all off Hannah sails through leaving a totally broken Lou behind. Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, bitchy girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat. Lou Brown guides us through the utter humiliation of failure with honesty, sass and a keen sense of the ridiculous. This
girl will not be beaten.     
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Hey, guys! Hope you're having a wonderful summer so far. Today, I'm very excited to spotlight a book that is perfect for that end of summer trip, or just a relaxing read by the pool.  I requested it as soon as I saw the beautiful cover and read the summary. I'm a huge fan for drama with a splash of comedy. I kind of live by the laugh or you'll cry mentality so books that take on that tone are my kind of reads.

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Top Tips for Finding Humor in Writing

When I’m writing anything long form, film, book or TV episode, I always plot it out first. I’ll write about 25 pages outlining the story and character development so I know exactly what’s going to happen. And at this point it looks like a drama. This gives it a strong narrative, good storylines and plot and themes. Then the fun bit – I flesh it out like a comedy, I push situations to their extremes, I add in funny dialogue, I exaggerate character flaws. This is my tried-and-tested method. It’s a drama dressed in clown clothes and hopefully that way it’s funny but with characters you care about and a story that grips you.
Brianna

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