Been sick with the flu for quite some time now, it inspired me to write this.
The empty bowl with its porcelain soul
Coldly awaits my next arrival
Without just cause, or probable pause
I keep it close to better my odds of survival
Tomorrow will be here a day too late
To stave off an endless misery
Yet with a new day will come a new chance
For another symptom to make it’s history
Anyone can cry, the main thing is to know how to laugh. Especially at yourself. Most people think I’m crazy the way I laugh at my computer now and then, but I know I’m not alone. Many a writer has been caught cracking themselves up at their own joke. (Yeah I see you smirking!)
On the flip side of this I do sometimes struggle with humour in writing. I find that my most emotional scenes are also my funniest. It seems I combat the sadness in the material by adding loads of humour to buffer it. Hmm, since I often use humour to deflect emotion in my real life it’s only natural it creeps into my work too. I suppose that’s what gives us all ‘a voice’ but like everything, moderation is key. Thank heavens for the edit process.
Writing is a very honest medium and often times our most personal character traits come out on the pages before us, which is why I truly believe that if you really want to get to know yourself, you should write. Or maybe that’s just me. 😉
Tammy’s Tip of the Week: I am very sarcastic, but sarcasm does not always translate itself clearly into the printed word. Hence, I’ve come up with a nifty little tip that I use. If you are writing humour into your work, try reading the lines in front of the mirror and then watch your face as you say the words. Note the subtle expressions that slide across your face. If you then write those expressions into your piece, it will help you to ‘show’ the emotion of the joke rather than just the words. I hope you try it, and I hope it helps. 🙂
What things/music/tips do you use to inspire your own comedy writing?