Make ‘Em Laugh (Or Just Make Me Laugh)

2009-07-12 11.53.16If you hang out here often, then you know I write funny. Though honestly, I didn’t start out to write funny. I just can’t quite write a hundred percent serious.

Lord knows, I’ve tried. I thought I could be Ms. Literary Writer of the South (or at least the Southeast). But one day I woke up and smelled the Cathy C. Hall coffee–and it tasted funny. So humor sort of stuck to me and now I couldn’t not write funny. (And yes, I know that’s a double negative. I’m making a point here, people.)

Anyway, all this to say that sometimes, I miss the comedy mark. Yes, friends, I do. But I have a couple tricks up my sleeve that get me back on the humor writing track. I wrote about them today over at The Muffin in “What’s So Funny? (Serious Tips for the Humor Writer)”.

Yep, I might write funny, but I’m a hundred percent serious about this career of mine. So if you have a tip about writing humor, I’d love to hear it. ‘Cause honestly, I’ve got a ton of edits to get to today and I could use a joke or two.

Friday’s Fun Find: Erma Bombeck (Sort of)

Good old Erma Bombeck, right? I get the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop newsletter in my inbox, and I laughed out loud when I read about how she penned her own obituary while on a Grand Canyon trek.

Erma was a hoot. But you know what? I know a lot of women writers who are a hoot. I read their funny stories on their blogs, and sometimes, I laugh out loud at the comments they leave here at my blog.

And I think it’s about time some of you funny ladies shared your wit with Erma (and the blog of the workshop carrying her name). You can send your funny musings to erma@udayton.edu.

I might even dust off the wit and send something myself. I mean, I’m a hoot and a half, according to the Beneficent Mr. Hall. (I think it’s supposed to be a compliment, right?)