Get past write fright to the first draft

Write fright, or fear of the blank page, is hard to overcome. The white page on the computer screen seems naked, and my attempts at sentence fragments, much less paragraphs, offer it as much cover as a fig leaf. Maybe I should use a larger font. Try double spacing.   More experienced writers offer abundant […]

Funny Writing Has Attitude that Binds

Like a stand-up comedian, a writer who wants to make a reader laugh out loud uses attitude combined with observation.  Usually, this means departing from the norms of polite conversation or objective writing, and incorporating feelings, opinions and (mis)perceptions to grab the reader’s attention. Observation provides the topic; attitude makes compelling writing. Judy Carter, author […]

Writing Humorously

Humor is a funny thing. It is easy to make some people laugh — employees, mothers, bartenders, the guy at the coffee shop — but being funny to strangers is an art form. I recently attended a workshop by author and comedy instructor Judy Carter on how to write funny.    Let me stop here […]