Great article Jill. I am ‘in love’ with a few different time periods: 1860’s through 1880’s, 1920’s through 1940’s. I have thought in the past that I was born in the wrong time. Then again, humidity in the summer gives me a headache. Air conditioning is such a blessing! Lol! Also, I most likely would have died in childbirth with me youngest if he had been born in the 1800’s. He was a breech baby and they were unable to turn him so I had to have a c-section. The fact that I could have died and left my 5 year old without a mother in another time is a sobering one.
As writers, it’s up to us to use everything we can to make sure we lasso our readers and keep them in the corral. Don’t let fear of being funny on the page hold you back. After all, I wasn’t class clown in high school. In fact, had there been such a category, I would have been voted Most Likely to Depress People (Sylvia Plath and Edgar Allan Poe were my role models). But I’ve learned that an old saying is true: “If you can get them to open their mouths to laugh, you can get them to open their hearts to learn.” And that makes for effective writing.
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