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T-29: You Write Funny

March 9, 2013

imageslife-does-not-cease-to-be-funnyMy BFF Becca writes a humor blog, Lady or Not… Here I Come! She says it’s hard for her not to write funny. For me, it is hard to write funny. I post there every Sunday, and every Saturday it’s a challenge to compose something hilarious enough for her standards. I mean that in an admiring way. Her readers expect a lot, and I don’t want to let them down.

Some people can “turn on their funny” at any moment. They don’t let their moods dictate this ability. Me, something happens to irk me, and I find it difficult to be or find anything funny. I don’t think I was always like this. I remember times of literally falling on the floor laughing so hard, and then just when it started to subside, I would start laughing at my own laughing or someone else’s. It’s infectious. So I have concluded that I need to “find my funny” again. Writing there definitely helps.

My problem is that I tend to think in outline form. I have Topic, subtopics I, III, III, details I.A., I.B., etc. This approach is great for essays, but not so much for humor. Too often I started writing about a topic that I thought could be humorous, but then I found myself trying to make it funny. She finally told me the secret: you determine the jokes first, and then you write around the jokes. This approach definitely helps– it’s still far from automatic or even easy, especially if you’re trying to come up with the jokes in the first place, but when you can follow through, the finished product is something to be proud of. Please check out my efforts at funniness at ladyornot.com/tag/follow-jasonwrites.

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  1. March 9, 2013 10:37 pm

    Like you, writing humor doesn’t come easy for me; I overhink things. Our mutual friend has a keen sense of timing and an innate sense of what makes people laugh. She has a lot to teach both of us.

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  2. March 10, 2013 6:18 am

    Totally not easy being funny all the time. But you guys both do great!

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    • March 10, 2013 4:12 pm

      Well, I only have to be funny once a week. Over here I’m way too serious more often that not.

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  3. March 10, 2013 5:11 pm

    Silly man, you are funny πŸ˜› Stop being so uptight about it, lol. Everyone LOVES your stuff on LoN πŸ˜€

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    • March 10, 2013 5:19 pm

      Thank you– I think you’re biased, which in and of itself is a nice testament πŸ˜€ I’m just saying, my stuff over there is WORK, and Rebecca is a tough critic and editor… tough but fair and constructive πŸ™‚

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      • March 10, 2013 5:26 pm

        Yes she is πŸ™‚

        I’m my own editor… you should try working for me sometime, gawd, what a beyotch, lol.

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      • March 10, 2013 6:57 pm

        Usually I’m my own editor also– and I’m certainly far from flawless!

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  4. March 10, 2013 6:56 pm

    You did a great job at this one and I wasn’t tough on you. You are getting your funny rhythm. πŸ™‚ Good job!

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    • March 10, 2013 7:00 pm

      I don’t have rhythm on a dance floor, much less at being funny, but thank you πŸ˜€

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  5. Royal Cheer permalink
    March 14, 2013 5:26 am

    I just write and flow. Followers of my blog call me mad. (i take it as a compliment). Hmm, makes me wonder whether they are simply biased. I like your stuff tho, Jason. Don’t be too conscious πŸ™‚

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