Writing for a Laugh

The biggest problem with writing comedy or humour (for me) is trying to be funny. Chances are, when you actually try to be funny you don’t succeed. Humour tends to be impulsive and it works best when it isn’t expected.

The funniest stuff isn’t someone having an accident or getting hurt. Pain and suffering are not funny. Though people will laugh when they are nervous or upset. Is that really the kind of laugh you, as a writer, are looking for?

Humour works best when it takes us by surprise.

Blogging 101: Say Your Name

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I haven’t re-named any of my sites but I have gone through and put more thought (and some humour) into giving them new bylines. I can’t promise they will still be the same a month from now. But here they are today:

herebedragonswreckyratbird

diycreativeblogging

greenlivhistory

asciiartist

 

wordgrrls

Today’s challenge:

You set your blog’s address when you registered at WordPress.com, but your blog’s title — what readers see on your site when they visit — can be changed at any time. Today, let’s make sure you love yours.

Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline.
Why?

The title is the first thing most readers will see.
Your title and tagline work with elements like like your address and theme to give visitors context and help them decide to stick around.
Your title doesn’t need to be the same as your blog’s URL — there’s no need to call it “maryjanesmith922.” Your title should reflect you.

A title is typically only a few words, so consider adding a tagline — a phrase that appears under your title and helps flesh it out. Think “Burger King: Have It Your Way,” or The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging.” Look at the post your wrote yesterday. Why are you here? Let us know in your tagline.

Here are the details on editing your title and tagline, along with some accumulated wisdom from other WordPress bloggers. Here’s one of our favorite nuggets of advice:

Try listing adjectives that describe your personality, and play around with the words until you can tweak them into a name that’s catchy but uniquely “you.” Puns always work well. Start with certain common phrases, songs, and literary titles, and then mix the words up. Or use your own name in a clever way.
She’s a Maineiac
If you’re already thrilled with your title or you want to do more, feel free to publish a post, too! Let readers know what inspired your title and tagline, or, If you need want writing inspiration, take a look at today’s prompt.

What Would Godzilla Say?

I’m watching a Godzilla movie, made in Japan, originally spoken in Japanese. I especially like watching the Japanese Godzilla movies because I get snapshots of their culture, their humour and their lifestyle. Also, the language and how huge the translation really is.

When you hear the line “What the hell are you doing here?” Do you really think that was exactly what was said in the original Japanese? I doubt many people in Japan have grown up with the Christian religion. If there is a version of hell it would have it’s own word.

So, this got me thinking… What would Godzilla say? What are the real words used in the original Japanese version of the movie? How much of their own unique culture is lost in the translation?

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family

This is the family adventure movie I remember – even more than 30 years after watching it with my Dad, brother and sisters in the movie theatre. The scenes I remember most involve a grizzly bear attacking the cabin, orca whales bobbing their heads up while the family float on a flat shelf of ice and struggling to build something to shelter themselves once they land, alone in the wilderness.

There are three movies in the series. I don’t know if I ever did catch the third in the series but I well remember the first two. I have watched them again, on TV, but seldom manage to be in the right place and time to catch them. I would enjoy seeing all three and showing them for my nephew and nieces who are now the ages we (my own brother and sisters and myself) were when we first watched the adventure.

I have to admit I have a huge interest in survival type of stories, including end of the world scenarios and crash landing type things like the Swiss Family Robinson. But, there are not a lot of great survival stories for the whole family to watch which are also not taken down into the genre of silly/ stupid comedy. The comedy really spoils it for me. I’d rather have the suspense and the science behind the survival of the family.

If you have seen a great family adventure survival type of movie write about it in the comments below. There must be other great family movies out there, without the over done humour.

How would you write about a family who get caught out in the wilderness? How would the whole thing start, just another camping trip gone wrong, or something more dramatic and unique?

Words Hurt More

578136_500152220102241_289578109_nThis comes from Facebook:Sarcasm. Because beating the hell out of people is illegal. :c( This group has been in trouble over personal attacks before. There is a huge warning up at the top of the group page now, basically a sign saying don’t take it personally. But, it is personal when it’s about you, isn’t it?

I don’t agree with this (see the image above) at all. Words hurt deeply and cause long lasting damage. Sarcasm can be funny and it has it’s place but it should not be directed at someone, an individual or group/ type of people, with the purpose of belittling them, or harming them in any way.

Humour should be used well, not bitterly. Laughter is the best medicine, but everyone should be laughing and no one should feel cut up and left to cry in the moment or later on. Humour should not make people defensive.

If you really want to hurt someone stop and think about why you want to hurt them. In the long run it is yourself who needs to deal with your own problem, not them. You can only make your own choices – you can not make someone else change or see things your way. Change yourself first. Get over your anger, move on from it or realize it was never that important to your own life. One last thing to consider, if you are THAT angry at someone then you must have strong feelings of love/ caring for them, other wise you would just not care at all. Even if you are right, you can’t have communication until you get past your anger and your angry words.

Sarcasm can be wonderfully funny, when it is done without the intent to harm. Take some time and come up with a great idea for a sarcastic essay about something important to you. Afterwards read it over and see it from an outside perspective. Is it still funny?

If a Tree Falls on Your House, Stay Calm. It Will Grow Back

What would we do without comment spammers telling us how great our blogs are….

Anyway, today I read a Twitter post in the spirit of “stay calm”. I lost track of the original so I can’t post it here. (It was a promotion for a book with a title about sharks).

But, I thought of my own.

If a tree falls on your house, stay calm. It will grow back.

I like that kind of twisted humour. Can you think of at least one ironic “stay calm” line? The tree idea was easy for me. There really is a tree I’m worried about falling on this house.

If there are sharks in the water, stay calm. Usually, they only bite once.
If you get electrocuted, stay calm. You won’t be billed extra for it.
If your week starts out badly, stay calm. There are only 52 of them in a year.

This is What Happens When You Die

My Aunt Anita died last year. A friend died late last year too. It was kind of nice to know their accounts were still around on Facebook and other sites where they had left some presence. Today I checked on this one and found it gone. Who deactivates the account in this case? You must be really dead if Facebook is willing to actually delete your account (versus just pretending to humour you about the whole account deletion thing).

My friend’s account was still up on Facebook the last time I checked.

The End Has Come and Gone

It’s ironic that they call it “She passed away” when someone has died. It’s not until the next week, the next month… that they really pass away, fall into the past.

It’s coming up to a month since Julie died. Today I heard that my cousin Jonathon died in December too, a week after Julie. Jonathon died on my birthday.

I’ve got a new calendar up, it started with January. December is gone. Julie and Jonathon are on the old calendar, the one I took down. At the end of your life you gradually become the past.

What are other terms people use to say someone has passed on? Do you find irony or some kind of dark humour in any of those, or something else you have heard?