Last week, I had a series of negative things happen in the space of three hours: a package I was expecting was sent to someone else’s house, my massage appointment was cancelled, I forgot my grocery store coupons and had to drive all the way back home, and my husband returned from the landscape nursery with the wrong item.
All of those things reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s The Series of Unfortunate Events and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst—two books I have enjoyed over and over again with each reading.
Remembering to make lemonade out of lemons, I began writing chapter one of a new book with a main character who is faced with a series of problems, too. Within minutes, my anger turned to laughter.
I hit SAVE AS and then gave my new book a name.
People love humor. And if we are able to laugh at ourselves, our own real life circumstances can become the substance of books that readers can enjoy time and time again.