Girls Write Out
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them wait. That was the advice I received when I first got into writing.

Emotions are a huge part of writing, getting our readers to feel right along with our characters. I love to laugh and love happy endings. Give me a warm-hearted story and a chocolate bar and I'm a happy camper.

Some people like to experience other emotions. They want to cry with the character, feel their pain, and experience ultimate victory.

Some readers love working out the puzzle of a mystery or the thrill of a suspense.

There are those who don't mind an unhappy ending because it surprises them. And there are those who love a good romance, knowing it will all turn out all right in the end, but they love the chase.

So which are you? Why do you pick up the books that you do? You want to laugh, cry, get scared out of your mind, or just plain enjoy a good romance or heart-warming story?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 8:36 AM  
  Comments (14)
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At 9:01 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Great post, Di! Michael Hauge says our job as a writer is to make the reader FEEL something. I like the thrill of suspense coupled with the ahhh of romance. LOL

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I love the suspense and romance, but humor is vital to me, as well. I want to be able to laugh, and if I cry, that's a plus. Now, shoot me if you have to, but I will often skip to the end to make sure it has a happy ending before I'll continue some books. Sorry, but I must have a happy ending in a book or movie or I'm not wasting my time. I trust my GirlsWriteOut authors because I know they do just that--I DON'T MEAN waste my time, I mean give me a satisfying read.

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Great post, Di!

I'm with Michael Hauge. I want to FEEL. Laughter is great and crying is ok too, but please don't make me feel sad at the end of the book!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Julie said...

I'm a sucker for an old fashioned feel-good book.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I love the anticipation - whether its a suspense or a romance or both. If I start a book and don't ancipate soemthing I lose interest really quickly. All that said, a good laugh is second. I'm not a weeper so books that seem like they're TRYING to get me to cry actually bother me ... However a well written book that surprises me and makes me want to cry is amazing!

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Make me laugh and make me cry, but I don't want to sob. I don't mind a sort-of-sad ending as long as it's right. :)

But if YOU write it, Di, I'll love it no matter what the end is. :)

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I was just mentally reviewing some books I absolutely love and why I love them. The main characters in some way are out of their comfort zone. By the author's description, I imagine them to be average looking (not ugly and not strikingly beautiful). The characters discover themselves and their relationships change based on that. HUMOR. A good lesson I can take away. I firmly believe you can read a good fiction book and come away having learned something important to apply to real life.

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

Most of the time, I choose to read a novel because I either want to know what the author has written or it’s a story for which I have enjoyed reading other authors’ versions. While I like happy endings and don’t care so much for dark stories, I find that the most memorable books tend to be those with a less than happy ending. Personally, I don’t care for romances. Even when they are clean, they’re just too sad, for me. I suppose that’s part of why different people like different books. A story may evoke emotions in one person that another person may not experience. But what I particularly like to find in a novel is what I call the Moment of Hope because it is like that grand crescendo in a piece of music, bringing the reader to the very height of joy—at least, as high as the novel can take us.

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

There's a book for every mood I have! When I want to relax I pick up something that will make me laugh. When I want to FEEL then I pick up suspense or a love story. I enjoy crying with characters as much as I enjoy laughing with them.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger jel said...

I just like to read!

hope ya are have a good day Diann :)

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm a book snob, sadly. I'm not proud of it because it's a pain. I don't get what makes people read the bestsellers in suspense, etc. I wish I did. I really like the deep stuff that makes me think about humanity, makes me question my reality and gives me another slice of life.

I'm not capable of writing it, so I read it. I also don't care if the ending is happy if it stays with me (the ending.) I wish I had more varied tastes though.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I'm a traditionalist. I love Agatha Christie stories because of the twists and turns of the plot. Often one has to read one of her novels at least a couple of times to figure out why the murderer did it. I am also into good, clean, adventure stories. I like some action, some suspense, at least a hint of romance, and a great ending where the bad guy always loses. Though I'm obviously female, I'm not into mushy romances too much, though if I'm in the mood, I may pick up a Christian romance for a change of pace. No secular ones for me, though; they're way too racy for me.

At 1:28 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Ditto to Cheryl (Hannah) and Ane's comments.

P.S. I'll read it if anyone of the girlswriteout women write it! :)

P.P.S. Am still praying for you daily, Diann. How are you feeling these days?!

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

It was fun reading all of your comments! Thanks for posting!

Pam, I'm feeling great! Gaining more strength every day, and I'm even driving now! Whoohooo! Thanks for asking, and thank you so much for your prayers!!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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