Sunday, September 7, 2008

Turning Pain! Into Profit!

So I write a column every week for the Deseret News--the same kind of domestic humor column Erma Bombeck wrote (just not as wonderful). Anyway. I've been doing a version of the column for over twenty years now. And yes! Sometimes I don't have anything to say!

That's when I review the week I just had and identify the moment when I was feeling the worst--the angriest, the most embarrassed, the saddest. And THAT'S what I write about. Only I try to make it funny, which is much less difficult than you might think. Humor resides in the gulf between what is and what should be.

1 comment:

Pink Ink said...

Like you, I try to look at my experiences and distill some nugget from it. I usually look back to my childhood or a past experience to put things in perspective.

I think humor writing would be so tough to do (on purpose) anyway. You just have to have a knack for it, I guess? I can't think about it, or it comes out lame :-)