Self-Help Humor, Fiction, and Poetry.
I created a new hybrid genre: Self-Help Humor where I guide my readers with laughter as I usher us through our daily grind. Through this writing, we journey toward resolving our real-world problems and our inner conflicts.
I use metaphor and double entendre to shake us and wake us. In my article, “I Am A Psycho Killer Writer,” I expose every writer’s pain and difficulty of editing our own words. Here, I detail my battle for a final draft by metaphorically updating three different versions of a popular song. My fraught and funny journey begins with my false sense of accomplishment, which then rapidly spirals into the pain of uncertainty as I confront a new iteration of my messy draft. I emerge victorious as the final version and I join hands and run away together in the sunset.
I revisit my roots as a writer of poetry-prose in the horror/suspense short story “The Return.” Unlike “I am a Psycho Killer Writer,” this piece is both psychologically haunting and real-world scary. Though the genre departs from my signature Self-Help Humor, my writing style will be familiar. I continue to use my favorite literary devices: metaphor, double entendre, and whimsy which presents here as dark humor.
As you read my writing, you will be entertained and comforted to know that you are in good company as you face your daily struggles.
Episode 1: Author Robin Riback on moving forward after a bump and a detour in the road – The Storied Human (What is your Story?)
“Writing humor is not something every single person can do. “Celia Riverbark