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Monday, April 21, 2008

Amusing to Amazing

At the Erma Bombeck Writers Conference, one of the sessions I attended was on how to take your work from amusing to amazing, by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant (which is a whole lotta names for one person).

Advice she passed along:
  • If you don't have emotion about what you're writing about, you shouldn't be writing it.
  • When writing, you must know how you're feeling.
  • Quick writing exercises open creative flow.
  • You have to write a lot to get to the good stuff.
  • She recommends that humor writers do stand-up: "It's good for you. Very empowering. Even if you're a failure at it, that's good too--it makes rejection letters so much easier."
  • Comedy = tragedy + time.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Michele said...

Comedy = tragedy + time

Makes sense. That's why I haven't been able to write anything funny (unless tear-stained pages are humorous) about my daughter's teen years. But once she turns twenty, I should have one heck of a funny book.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

I'm sorry to hear your daughter has been such a trial. Mine is only 13 but she's been acting like a teen since she was about 5. It has been a looooong haul. --Lois

8:09 PM  

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