While making myself a late brunch yesterday, I listened to a Sunday afternoon KUOW program – the Vinyl Cafe. During the last third of the program was a piece called ‘Stephanie’s Exam’ and it was juice-up-your-nose hysterical! (Listen here if you don’t believe me; scroll forward to about 25:40 in the program to get to it.) I listened and I laughed, and I tried not to burn my pancakes. (Again.) And I was amazed – here was a story that was not only outstandingly funny, but also put me directly into the main character’s experience; right at the heart of it. Which surprised me. I mean yes the reader helped – he gave just the right emphasis to set off the one-word high notes, but it was more than that. It was the writing. I’m funny – outloud, but often unintentionally. It’s never occurred to me to write humorous pieces. Now I’m intrigued.
So I googled. (I am the Google Queen after all. And the Sarcasm Queen but that’s another story…) I googled and found this: ‘My Four Commandments to Writing Funny‘ by Paul Angone. I couldn’t latch onto the funny similes/metaphors rule because that’s where my humor fails me: funny one-liners, intentional puns (although I do plenty of unintentional ones…), similes, metaphors, and funny titles. Can’t do it but this resonated: ‘Tapping into shared experiences is important when writing, but even more so when writing humor. Because you’ll always get a bigger laugh when people are thinking, gosh that’s so freaking true.’ THAT I understand. So. Off to try a new type of writing. Or maybe just to insert a little more humor into my protag’s internal dialogue. Let me know how your funny writing goes! Nite all, and good writing.