Hope Springs Eternal

Seeds are hope. Flowers are joy.


Trying to capture hope in writing is like catching lightning in a bottle. Difficult to say the least. But hope itself means faith and optimism. The two things you need to write this emotion. Hope is sitting in a hospital chair next to a bed waiting for the patient to wake. Joy is when they see their eyes open.

I hope there is more coffee. I hope the Hubs left me some cookies to nibble while sipping my coffee.

I am overjoyed to find both waiting for me. This is proof it doesn’t take much to make me happy and that there is a difference between hope and joy. Hope is the plan where joy is the result. Come on ­ grab that cuppa and snag something to nibble. Don’t forget your copy of Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood. This won’t take long.

***Tooting my own horn. ***

In my book, Time Thief, my character, Destiny, has dreams of a man she compares all others to. He is her end all be all. She can only hope that a man like him is real. Horacio feels the same of the woman who visits him in his dreams. Imagine their joy when they find each other standing in a tent in the middle of Kansas.

Seeds are the hope. Flowers are the joy.

Hope is the want, the need, the one thing that you believe will bring you joy. In some cases, it could be a bad thing to happen to another. That would fall under the storyline for a villain. Hope doesn’t mean holy. It isn’t required to be something good.

I am not a sports follower, but I have seen men sitting on the edge of their seats with their fingers crossed, mumbling, ‘please, please, please,’ as an athlete does something with a ball. They are hoping for a result. A touchdown, homerun hit, or sliding into base to score.

I hope these posts help you. I hope you find them entertaining and chuckle worthy. I hope you see the links below and at least take a look at the books available. I have tons of hopes. What do you hope for?

Homework ­ ­­– You hope for homework!

Write a hope you had that came true.

Write a hope that did not come true.

Or use the same situation and write how it would play out with both results.

** Find the feelings. These will be separate in every way. Joy, elation, and relief all the way to hurt, sadness, and dismay.

Practice this a few times. Don’t be lazy about it. You know how I feel about the laziness.

Please remember that I am not trying to write this book for you word for word. I am skipping a lot of detail. I highly suggest you purchase the book and read between the lines.

Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.

Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.

I’m always looking for new friends!

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