Writing Humor Isn’t Funny

We Write Poems has an against the grain prompt which asks how (or if) we manage to write when we just aren’t feeling creative. My three-verse limerick explains all … sort of:

To write humor when not in the mood
Takes a major adjustment of ‘tude.
If I’m still uninspired,
I tell me, “You’re fired,”
Or pretend I’m about to be sued.

Okay, none of this stuff’s really true.
When I’m blocked, I don’t know what to do.
So I shower or walk,
Read the news, turn on talk,
Absorb info, inviting a cue.

At long last something starts to take hold,
And a concept begins to unfold,
As I play with the news
Which teases my muse
In my quest for some comedy gold.

(You can find more of my writers block humor here.)

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26 Responses to “Writing Humor Isn’t Funny”

  1. Versebender says:

    Very well done…describes the process to a tee…nice flow, tight rhymes…heck of a good write. Vb

  2. You said it! Excellent (as always).

  3. scott says:

    Mad, I love it- and I can relate.

    Prior to Nov 2004, I posted several humorous articles on The Spoof, one of which was even linked to by BuzzFlash, which was quite satisfying.
    After the 2004 elections, I had a hard time re-channeling that inner spark and I don’t think that I’ve recovered fully to this day.

    But then again, maybe I’ve just become a crusty old fart.

  4. Humor is hard work, to be sure!

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks so much, everyone. And Scott, one of my worst periods writers block-wise was right after nine/eleven. Talk about losing your sense of humor. :)

  6. brian says:

    i usually go for a walk myself…the fresh air tens to help me…or i like to look at book titles…weird i know…

  7. Chris G. says:

    The best humor, like the best writing, can’t be forced…when it wants to come, it comes. We just hope all our little tricks along the way help!

  8. You nailed it there. Enjoyed them.

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    I loved this. You have a similar philosophy to me: when the brain’s not working, do something else.

  10. The brain has to be used somewhere. We can’t let sit idle!

    an ordinary moment

  11. christine says:

    Well done, conversations at best are the best muse of all.

  12. pamela says:

    Taking a walk always seems to help.
    Nicely done, Madeleine.

  13. versebender says:

    Well, I shouldn’t comment twice, but I am on #93 at One Stop and good gosh…I needed a smile. Thanks again!

  14. Shashi says:

    Its very interesting and true way to get out of the block….
    I liked your take on the same.

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  15. madkane says:

    Thanks so much to all of you for your enthusiastic words.

  16. All too true. Isn’ it wonderful how the limerick form can be used to tell a serious story, make a joke, let off steam = impressive.

  17. neil reid says:

    Thanks for a little gentle madness! Humor is good. Elusive for some, very oft including me. Maybe it’s more than only practice I think. Thanks. ~neil

  18. Kavita says:

    Absolutely, Madeleine!! When the mind refuses to unblock, we start to look for way to unblock it… till it feels free enough to once again open up to us…
    Loved your limerick’d solution, my friend… too good!! :)

  19. madkane says:

    Thank so much everyone. That was fun to write.

  20. Madeleine, this is so funny and so true. Humor is the hardest – which is why some excellent comedic performances are denied Academy Awards! True comics, whether actors or poets or other writers, make it look so easy… Thanks for the chuckle! Amy

  21. madkane says:

    Thanks very much Amy. I’m so glad it gave you a chuckle. :)

  22. rachel says:

    It’s funny but the rhymes flow pretty easy for me when I’m irritated. It’s my favorite way to cheer myself up. I definitely need the walk and news sometimes though. :)

  23. madkane says:

    Rachel sometime’s rhyming’s the only cure. :)

  24. Old Egg says:

    Yes, you have to take your mind for a walk even though it is like dragging a dog out in the rain. I enjoyed this.

  25. Mike Patrick says:

    My comedic muse shows up on the fifth Thursday of every month–even then, she doesn’t stay long. I think she hangs out at your house.

  26. madkane says:

    LOL! Thanks Old Egg and Mike!