humor tagged posts
April 30, 2013 Learn the Craft
Writing Humor is difficult. Besides developing the humor, these stories must have all the other elements of a non-humorous story. To state it differently, a comedic story must have a protagonist, a plot problem, an antagonist and the humor.
A major part of the problem with writing humor is that humor is very subjective; what one reader sees as hilarious, another will view as stupid. Thus, no matter how good a humor writer you are, you always have the disadvantage that many readers will think your stuff is dumb. While this caveat applies to all writing, it is more pronounced with humor and satire.
A mistake I see in many short stories, and one that occasionally I’m prone to make, is a failure to tip off the reader early on that the story is humorous. The author has to let theRead More
April 14, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special guest: Dionne Lister
I almost feel like I’m spamming everyone; my cover was ready so I did the cover reveal, and I was going to wait to upload to Amazon, but I couldn’t! So now, the next book in The Circle of Talia series is out there. You can find it on Amazon or Smashwords and soon iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. The sequel to Shadows of the Realm continues the story of realmists, Bronwyn and Blayke and their creaturas, Sinjenasta and Fang. It’s fast-paced, scary and has awesome dragons (although those who have read Shadows of the Realm would know that).
I hope a lot of readers are waitingRead More
July 21, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
Queens, Late Night Morons and On With the Show!
Parody and Satire
Why is it important? Parody and Satire are the court jesters of society. They are the editorial cartoons, stories in the Onion, parody and satire is both entertaining and instructive.
But, if down badly, all you have is a pile of snorting, self congratulatory high school sophomore jocks – annoying rather than humorous.
So how can we be funny and instructive and inventive?
Study who has down it well before you:
Modest Proposal Swift
For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland
From Being A burden to Their Parents or Country, and
For Making Them Beneficial to The Public
By Jonathan Swift (1729)
The question therefore is, how this number (of illegitimate Irish children) shall beRead More
July 14, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers Podcast – Episode 41
What If No one is Listening?
Clapping with one hand. Your invisible audience.
Why write, why pod cast? Why do anything?
I checked my Google analytics on my web site. Of course there wasn’t much information to parse from four visitors. So I abandoned the depressing news and turned back to filling the blog and web site no one visits.
Writing for my blog is like keeping my house clean for guests. I may not entertain anyone this week, but the effort makes the house more pleasant for me. And should someone drop by, I can invite them in without worrying that the laundry is covering the couch, last night dishes are still on the dinning table and dust ballsRead More
July 7, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writer’s Podcast – Episode 40
I just read ‘Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path’ by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott. I found the book at Share Exchange in Santa Rosa, hard back, but I wanted to purchase something to support the effort and I collect books on the writing process, so it wasn’t a big sacrifice. And I enjoyed this book; the authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:
Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, Fulfillment. I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself. But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood: unhappiness. I think this unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own heads andRead More
June 16, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
Guest Speakers Justin and Rachel
Catharine may not be able to make the call, she’s far, far up in Northern California at a Rotary Conference.
Bio from Amazon:
I’m a chick who writes stuff that makes you laugh. My book A Walk In The Snark hit #1 on the Kindle Motherhood list this past September (do you think they know I talk about sex? Shhh.). It’s since hit about oh, SEVEN more times. #woot! I’ve been nominated for Funniest Blog, Best Humor Writer & Redhead Who Makes A Killer Dirty Martini (okay, I made the last one up, but it’s true. Honest.).
I released The Mancode: Exposed right after Thanksgiving 2011! Two books of snarky goodness, baby.
I’ve been told I write in the style of that Dickens guy. Kidding.
I’m a mom, a wife, and a recoveringRead More
January 7, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
Serious Business of Humor (It’s Humour to us Aussies… the real spelling)
Newbie Writer’s Pod Cast
“Well I thought it was funny”
~ Stephen Corbert
Comedians practice constantly, and bomb consistently as they hone what is
a very serious skill: humor.
When you try to be funny — when you work at being funny — you will not
You all ready know how fraught with danger the average joke is. The inability
to tell a joke is a cliché in of itself. Did you hear the one about? It brings to mind
the stereotype sales person, over dressed, over excited, and ﬁlled with exclamation points, trying too hard. Just stop trying too hard.
My mother, for instance, cannot tell a joke. And I have painful examples.
I was the ﬁrst woman to burn my bra —
it took the ﬁreRead More
December 3, 2011 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 11- Slang. USA vs Australia.
This episode we will bring to you something a little different. Slang is everywhere these days. As much as writers will try to avoid using it, they cannot hide from it. So this show, we will explore some slang english and what better way to do it than have American slang versus Australian? Afterall, us Aussies are notorious for it.
Why we use slang: from website:
Catharines Slang contribution:
Beat - Stereo system in a car.
Get your Issue - Death Sentence
Hood – neighborhood
Ratchet - Girl from the Ghetto
Tight – flash or cool
What’s up with it? - What’s up, what’s good?
Shawty – girlfriend
Get it in - Sex, hours of work
Ya Feel me? Do youRead More
April 19, 2011 Uncategorized
… you have nightmares about leaving water running.
… you accidentally bring a 5-gallon bucket to the house after milking instead of the little wash bucket.
… right in the middle of singing ”Away In A Manger” for the millionth time you forget the words.
… someone asks if you remembered to milk, you automatically panic.
… you forget you are in a conversation with someone mid-sentence. (Your own sentence.)
… you can stare straight into someone’s eyes and appear to listen intently without hearing a word.
… you forget why you have something in your hand.
… you forget what year it is (and your only nineteen).
I regularly do all of the above. For more stories visit Country Cowgirl.Read More
April 5, 2011 Uncategorized
Daniel is one of my older brothers, and my family loves to laugh at his complete randomness. For example is one of the last times I walked to the barn with him. We were talking and laughing, when suddenly he lost concentration, and took off after our dog, Ruff. Ruff stayed ahead of Danny until they reached the haystack. Then Daniel took a flying leap, and they both vanished behind the hay. Daniel soon emerged dragging Ruff behind him by a leg. I have no idea why. Danny didn’t know why either. I asked him, and he said that his dog wouldn’t care if he pulled her around by a leg. I later saw him apologizing to Ruff, and Ruff didn’t look very convinced.
Then there was the time when we were moving 300 calves home from the pasture. My sister’s and I were moving the calves on horseback,Read More