One of the strongest bonds that link us to our favorite stories is the emotional tie, or books that sink a fist right into our guts. When you finished a book where you couldn’t let go of after the last page, chances are, the author successfully punched you in the spleen. If you’ve ever wondered how to do just that, here are some of my favorite methods:
- Make your reader root for your main character(s). Make your character stretch out their arm toward their goal, as far as they can to reach, until their fingertips barely brush it. Make your character want something so much that your reader wants it, too.
- When your character trips and stumbles and stops to question themselves, the readers will hold their breath.
- Push your character to their very limit, and then a little further.
- When your character hits the bottom, they should scrape themselves back together and get back up. Give readers a reason to believe in your character.
- If your character is challenging your plot, your plot should challenge your character.
- Leave a trail of intrigue, of questions, of “what if?” and “what next?”
- If a character loses something (a battle, an important memento, part of themselves), they must eventually gain something in equal exchange, whether for good or bad.
- Raise the stakes. Then raise them higher.
- Don’t feel pressured to kill a character (especially simply to generate emotional appeal). A character death should serve the plot, not the shock factor. Like anything else in your story, only do it if it must be done and there’s no other way around it.
- What’s the worst that can happen? Make it happen. Just make sure that the reader never loses hope.
The Bible tells us that faith without works is dead. If we don’t put our faith into action, it’s not really faith; it’s just nice ideas. You see, when God truly does a work in our lives, it affects everything about us. It affects our words, our thoughts and our actions. How do you know someone is generous? By their generous actions. How do you know someone is kind? By their kind actions. How do you know someone is gentle? By their gentle actions. How do you know someone is a follower of Christ? By their Christ-like actions.
Can people tell by your actions that you belong to God? We all have areas where we can come up higher, but as believers in Jesus, we can be confident that God is at work in us. He is faithful and will complete what He started. As we invite Him to search our hearts and minds, as we surrender every area of our heart to Him and put our faith into action, He will finish His perfect work in us!
Are you guys following the Miss World Contest? I’m not…. I stopped following that shit in the 80’s when I thought to myself why do they all look like sisters?? Why is the winner almost always white when only 10% of the worlds population is white? surely more of the contestants and winners should be browner and blacker than this?
but I must say It´s so lovely to see Beauty in an exquisite shade of jet black, beauty comes in all shades. I give you Ms. South Sudan, strikingly beautiful, saccharine sweet eyes and full lips… gorgeous.
Introverts: An introvert is not just someone who is shy. Shyness includes a degree of apprehension, and a feeling of nervousness or anxiety in social situations, or around new people. This need not be true for an introvert. Instead, an introverted person may have great social skills, be entertaining and good company. However, they feel drained and tired after spending time with people – and to be re-energized they need to withdrawn, and be on their own.
Also, introverts are especially interested in the working of their inner world. They like to have time to think, to play with ideas, to experiment with concepts, and to explore their feelings. They also prefer to discuss these with others – rather than spending time on (what to them) feels like empty and superficial chatter.
Extroverts: These people are assumed to be full of life, outgoing and friendly. Although that is generally an apt description of them, it is not how extroversion is defined. In essence, an extrovert is someone who comes alive, and is energized, by spending time with others. On their own, they tend to wilt and feel down, or feel depressed and bored.
Also, although they like to think, they need to talk through their ideas. It’s not enough for them to explore these in their mind. They’re usually excellent at small talk, making others feeling included, and keeping things light-hearted, casual and fun.
Did you know that each of the full moons have an “official” name and meaning behind each of them? . The practice of naming the full moon actually dates back to the Native Americans, who used the full moon to help keep track of the seasons.
Now, since the lunar month is only 29 days long, the extra day of the full moon is not the same from year to year. However the names of the full moons remain the same. Here are the names for each of the full moons:
January – Full Wolf Moon (Also known as Old Moon, Moon After Yule and Full Snow Moon). The January full moon gets its name from the wolves that used to howl outside the Indian villages on the cold, snowy, winter nights. January gets its nickname as a result of the howling wolves that used to wander on the outskirts of Indian Villages in the midst of Winter. While that happened many, many years ago, sometimes if you listen closely you can almost hearing the howling on the night of the “Full Wolf Moon”
February – Full Snow Moon (Also known as Full Hunger Moon). February was traditionally the month with the most snow. So it’s easy to see how they got the name for this full moon. It is sometimes called full hunger moon because when the snow was high, it was very hard to hunt and find food.
March – Full Worm Moon (Also known as Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, The Full Sap Moon and Lenten Moon) The Full Worm Moon gets its name as in March the temperature typically started to warm up. The ground begins to thaw and earthworms begin to appear. It’s this time of year when the crows begin to appear as well, which is why another popular name for the March full moon is the Full Crow Moon.
April – Full Pink Moon (Also known as Full Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Full Fish Moon) The Full Pink Moon apparently gets its name from the beautiful pink flowers that would bloom in April. It was also the time of year when fish would swim upstream to spawn.
May – Full Flower Moon (Also known as Full Corn Planting Moon and Milk Moon) By May, flowers were in bloom all around, so it made sense to call this full moon the Full Flower Moon. Additionally, it was the time of year when corn would be planted.
June – Full Strawberry Moon (Also known as Rose Moon) June’s full moon got its name from, you guessed it, strawberries. There was usually a very small window where tribes could plant and harvest strawberries. That time fell during the month of June. Thus June’s full moon is known as the Full Strawberry Moon.
July – The Full Buck Moon (Also known as Full Thunder Moon and Full Hay Moon) Around this time of year, bucks (male deer) would begin to get their new antlers. Thus many tribes referred to this moon as the Full Buck Moon.
August – Full Sturgeon Moon (Also known as Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon and Grain Moon) August’s full moon gets it name courtesy of the fishing tribes. They named it after the fact that the sturgeon, which could be found in the Great Lakes and many other large bodies of water, seemed to be most easily caught during the month of August. There were a few other tribes who referred to the August moon as the Full Red Moon because at that time of year, the haze in the sky makes the moon appear red.
September – Full Corn Moon (Also known as Harvest Moon) Full Corn or Full Harvest Moon come from the fact that September is the time of year when the earlier planted corn was supposed to be harvested.
October – Full Harvest Moon. Now, the Harvest Moon is the full moon that appears closest to the Autumn equinox. Typically that occurs in September, however there are times when it occurs in October, so October’s moon was given the name Full Harvest Moon. There were times during the month when the moon was so bright farmers actually worked into the night by the light of the moon. This moon also signified it was time to harvest other crops such as pumpkins, beans, rice, etc.
November – Full Beaver Moon (Also known as Frosty Moon) November’s moon was given its name as it was the time of year when the freezing temperatures were coming in fast and hunters would have to set beaver traps before the streams froze over. They’d set traps so they could have furs to keep themselves and their families warm during the cold winter.
December – Full Cold Moon (Also known as Full Long Nights Moon, Moon before Yule and Long Night Moon). December’s full moon got its name from the fact that during December the cold weather really began to hit the tribes hard. Additionally, the nights were long and dark which only seemed to intensify the chilling temperatures.