towering salvia stalk,
every tiny purple trumpet
is tenderly touched
Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: Would I could write my stories as slowly and carefully, with each word tenderly touched and placed just so. And so the whole story-world might grow. Have a magical weekend. We are unexpectedly going to a wedding of sweet, new friends. But I’m still thinking about my writing.
Writing Tip: Here’s a writing tip from the SCBWI Encore Conference I attended last weekend: The best humor is not humiliation. Humor is best when tweaking the power dynamic. In other words, someone who has less power is tweaking the nose of someone with more. So it’s funnier when a kid makes fun of a teacher than when a teacher laughs at a kid. When someone in power laughs at their subordinate, that is humiliation, perhaps even abuse. So if you are the boss, be careful of making fun of your employees. And when trying to write a funny scene, beware of using humiliation.