Short Story: Finding the Humor – Journalistic Approach

In a valiant attempt to focus on nano this year, I decided to chronicle my journey creating a humorous short story as a series of blog posts I could schedule over November.

At this point I have an idea, a character, an archetype, at least thought about the ending twist, and reviewed some other humor approaches.

I had a week to get a first draft.  I am still nowhere, just lots of ideas percolating like a nebulous cloud hovering around me.

I took a class in how to be funny hoping it would help me. One of the techniques was a journalistic approach. To get your creative juices flowing you pick a topic. In my case I am going to go with skeleton and create a table.

The first column looks like this:

  • Things I think about when I think of …
  • Things I don’t think about when I think of …

The first row across the top looks lik this:

Who What When Where Why/How

Here’s how I filled it out.

skeletons Who What When Where Why/How
Things I think about when I think of skeletons Ghosts

Goblins

Witches

Priests

Druids

Bones

Hats

X-ray

Shovel

Halloween

At night

Ancient

Hell

Graves

D&D

Catacombs

Necromancer

Nature

Bacteria

Things I don’t think about when I think of skeletons Babies

Ice cream sellers

Farmers

Grocery clerk

Beach balls

Celery

Umbrellas

Christmas

Easter

Morning

Beach

School

Parade

Soccer

Born,

Making spaghetti

 

Now the fun part is putting them together about my celery eating skeleton.

What do you do in an effort to be funny?

 

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