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Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood


Remote Control

“Here Is a New Remote Control to Set Your Mood” by Joan Y. Edwards

Here is a new Remote Control to Set Your Mood. Just hit the button for the mood you want to create:


Want to feel angry, but quite afraid of what you’ll do if you face the fact that you’re really ticked off, hit button number 1.

2. Resentment

People have bugged you for days about something. You can’t forgive them. That would be too easy.  So if you want to send daggers to others and also send daggers to you for at least 12 months, hit button number 2.

3. Acceptance

Want to be able to accept things as they are. Want to say, “It is what it is.” “That’s the way the ball bounces.” “That’s the way the mop flops.” Hi button number 3.

4. Joyfulness

Want to be happy and full of excitement, hit button number 4.

5. Fear

Want to be afraid, hit button number 5.

6. Love

Want to be able to love all the people and events, and situations that bug you, all the people who just hit your last nerve, hit number 6.

7. Courageous

Want to be able to have the nerve to try new things or stand up for yourself or others, hit number 7.

8. Surprise

Want to be surprised, feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated., hit number 8.

9. Lust

Want to want what you can’t have. FOOD, MONEY, CONTROL. Want an abundance of what you can’t have. Even after you’ve had enough, you want more, more, more, hit button 9.

10. Peace

Want to feel at peace with yourself and everyone and everything in your life, hit number 10.

11. Grief

Want to be sad, cry, or feel sorrow any time of day for no reason at all or for thousands of reasons at one time, hit 11.

12. Apathy

Want not to care one way or the other what happens to you or anyone else in the world, hit number 12.

13. Disgust

Want to feel profound disapproval of yourself or someone else, hit number 13.

14. Awe

Want to feel a great respect for someone or something, hit 14.

15. Laughter

Want to enjoy the healing effects of the physical act of laughing which is a cure for confusion and sadness, hit 15.

16. Compassion

Want to show compassion and do something to lessen your own or another’s suffering, pain, and sorrow, hit 16.

17. Distress

Want to feel hunger or discomfort over every little thing and each big thing that happens to you or around you, hit button 17.

18. Hatred

Want to feel hatred toward yourself or someone else or a group of people, for good reason or for some reason with no true basis at all, hit 18.

19. Satisfaction

Want to feel satisfied with yourself or others in jobs or the way you or someone else handled a situation, hit number 19.

20. Pride

Want to feel proud of joy be proud of your accomplishments and increase the value of who you are, the group you are a member of, and realize the powers you have to do good, hit 20.

21. Forgiveness

Want to forgive yourself or someone else for something they have done wrong, and have the peace cover them and you, hit 21.

If you want to feel more than one emotion at a time, hit the first number, then hit the + sign and punch in the next number.

If you don’t have this particular model of remote control, you can use the one for your television set. Check the batteries. Make sure they are good.

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope I gave you a chuckle.  That was my intention. I needed a chuckle myself. I hope that chuckling is contagious and you catch it, too.

Punch a number to give your characters one of these remotes and see their moods activate in front of you.

I’d be honored if you would sign up in the left hand column to subscribe to my blog. 

It’s an honor to have you as a reader. I treasure your comments. I hope you’ll tell me what you would like for your remote control to do for you.

Laugh your way to success.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012-2019 Joan Y. Edwards

Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story

“Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story” by Joan Y. Edwards

Editors ask: What is the universal theme of your story? information book? article? poem?

What do you answer? Are you clueless? Perhaps I can help.

I went to the Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop in Oceanside, Oregon from July 12-16, 2010. I was sharing a poem I wrote. The editor wanted to know what was my poem’s universal theme. What I had thought was a universal theme was really not universal. It was regional or subjective. Therefore, I did research to find out more about the subject of universal theme.

But first you have to know what your conflict is. To gain more readership, make your conflict one of the universal conflicts listed below.
What does the main character want that he cannot get or have?
Conflict adds excitement and suspense to the story.
What disturbed him beyond belief? What is the cause of distress for the main character?
What disrupts the business as usual of the main character?
What happens that the main character may try to ignore but cannot? He has to deal with this problem, internally and externally.

The internal conflict comes when the main character has to choose between two solutions to the problem: one moral, one immoral; one against his family rules; one against club’s rules; one that might hurt his friend, one that might hurt himself; one that might win the trust of his friends, one that would make him untrustworthy, one that makes him a liar, one that makes him tell the truth; mixed emotions add the tension to the story and make people want to read it to find out what the main character decided to do and what the consequences were for his actions….did it bring him closer to the goal, or bring him to his last breath.

Universal Conflicts
In a story you have one of the following universal conflicts played out:
Man against Man
Man against Self
Man against Nature
Man against Society
Man against Family
Man against the Universe
Man against Machines
Man against Institutions
Man against God
Man against Time
Man against Destiny

Never fear: Your story will probably fit into one of the universal conflicts listed above.

Goals Main Characters Struggle for, Search for, Need, Want
Acceptance, Admiration, Ambition, Approval, Attention, Authority, Awareness, Beauty. Belief, Belonging, Choices, Commitment, Community, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Dedication, Dream, Education, Equality, Experience, Faith, Family, Friendship, Godly love, Good, Gratitude, Heroes /Heroic Figures and Actions, Honesty, Honor, Hope, Human Relationships, Humor, Identity, Independence, Individuality, Innocence, Justice, Laughter, Law and Order, Live forever, Love, Loyalty, Marriage, Money, Morality,
Nature, Nonviolence, Passion, Peace, Perseverance, Possibilities, Power, Principles, Rebirth, Redemption, Religion, Respect, Responsibility, Romance, Sex, Spiritual enlightenment, Success, Taxes, Time, Trust, Truth, Understanding.

Forces Opposing Main Character, Keep Him from Reaching His Goal, Struggle Against, Has to Triumph Over, Doesn’t Want, Opposite of Goal, Perils of, What the Main Character Doesn’t want:
Accusation, Alienation, Ambition, Authority, Beliefs, Betrayal, Blame, Challenge, church, Coming of Age, Competition, Corruption, Country, County, Court, Crime, Death, Deception, Despair, Destruction, Disallusionment of adulthood, Disapproval, Distrust, Envy, Etiquette, Evil, Faith, Family, Fate, Fear, Forbidden, Freedom, Future, Government, Greed, Grief, Guilt, Handicap, Hatred, Hospital, Initiation, Injustice, Institutions, Jail, Jealousy, Justice, Lack of compassion, Lies, Loss, Materialism, Nation, Nature, Nature as dangerous, Oppression, Past, Power, Persecution, Poverty, Prejudice, Pride, Prison, Problems, Punishment, Rebelling, Rejection, Religion, Responsibility, Revenge, Rules, Sacrifice, Schools, Self-Doubt, Shame, Society, Taxes, Time, Town, Tragedy, Vengeance, Village, Vulnerability, War.

After you finish writing your story or when you’ve finished your outline, what has your main character learned from his conflict? What did the main character learn in his battle against one of the conflicts listed above? This is the theme. Make it a universal theme shared by all mankind, so that all of mankind will want to read your book.

The Universal Theme
The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave. It is the statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition that the author wants to convey to readers. It’s an observation about life that can apply to any and everyone representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears across cultures and continents, and from generation to generation. It could be the moral to the story, a teaching, or an observation. It transcends race, gender, sexual preference, and creed. Some examples are love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life.

Universal themes exist because people worldwide go through the common human experiences of being born, experiencing anguish and joy, and dying come from emotions and that touch and can apply to any and all cultures, genders, ages, sexual preference, creeds, geography, historical periods, and genres.

The universal theme is the story’s (author’s) view about life and how people behave in a particular situation. It is a statement the story makes about society, human nature, or the human condition through the author’s words and characters. The theme is universal when it transcends race, gender, sexual preference, creed. cultures, continents, and generations representing the conflicts, dreams, hopes, and fears such as: love, peace, friendship, and other concepts about life that can apply to any and everyone.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Conflict of Nature against death
You do not have to worry about dying and death. It’s a natural thing.

Law and Order Television Series by Dick Wolf
Conflict of Good over Evil – Dick Wolf presents both sides of the issues
Even with the latest technology and evidence, police and district attorneys do not always win their cases against evil.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Love against society, family, death
Love can be so passionate that one would prefer death to living without the loved one.

Universal Emotions

Emotions Are Universal.

Put emotions in your story. It makes your characters come alive. One way to make your story have universal appeal is to add the tension of opposing emotions. We all feel mixed emotions every day. Should we do this? We shouldn’t do that. It’s smart to do this. How could I be so stupid? How could he be so naive? What’s the wisest choice? What are my choices? Do I get a choice? When a character has two or three choices and none of them are very good, it’s tension time for reading and living, and it makes the reader want to turn the page.

All people experience emotions. Putting believable emotions into your story will help it reach more readers.

Here are Paul Ekman’s Big Six Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions Robert Plutchik used the above six emotions and added two others below:

Ekman’s Eleven Other Basic Emotions
Pride in achievement
Sensory pleasure

The Sedona Method by Hale Dwoskin gives nine emotions
Nine Emotions

Nine States of Emotional Empowerment

10 Emotional Triggers That Are Delaying Your True Purpose

Swati Chopra from New Delhi, India says the nine rasas are:
Distress (hunger, discomfort)


Here are websites with information about emotions:

  1. http://www.clipartguide.com/ Great! Pictures matched with emotions
  2. http://www.feelingfacescards.com/
  3. http://www.eqi.org/fw.htm
  4. http://www.eqi.org/cnfs.htm
  5. http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_emotions

I hope you enjoyed my blog post. I hope I enlightened you, rather than confused you. Please let me know if I helped you make your writing appeal to more people, to make it more universally appealing. Capture this universal appeal and you’ll capture an editor’s heart!

Don’t give up on your writing. Never Give Up on winning and resolving conflicts that come your way.

You are a published author in your mind, before you get that way on paper.  You can do it. Yes, you can.

Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2010-2021 Joan Y. Edwards

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