Erma Bombeck was funny. No debate.
But, would Erma be funny in today’s market? That’s the question I posed during my 2018 EBBW presentation. Debate opened.
The audience responded passionately to the hypothetical. Opinions varied, and sadly, there more angst than consensus.
As a psychologist, I felt bad for causing distress. Given that my profession worships closure, I will play Judge Mark, hear arguments, and make a final ruling.
But first, I will tweak the question. […]
Advice for writers
When Monica Piper was a young, aspiring stand-up, she criss-crossed the country in her car — her adopted son strapped in behind her. She’d walk into bars, pass little Jake to the bouncer and do her thing. As soon as she was offstage, she’d collect a few dollars, take her son to a hotel and crash. Then, they’d get up and do it again.
There were no obstacles she would not face. It was an almost pathological commitment to a vision, […]
I just returned from the well-loved Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Ohio, where I learned so many things about what I should be doing. I did not see playing Senior Bingo and watching Hallmark romances on the list.
See, those things are fun until you have to wear the figurative cone of shame, which in this case means finding that pile of very important contacts, connections and writing tips a year from now under a pile of stuff marked “THIS WEEK!!!!!” in bold, […]
A magical moment happens when a writer takes a deep breath and launches into a passionate one-minute elevator pitch of a book concept before hundreds of other would-be authors.
“It’s very touching,” says literary agent Arielle Eckstut about the emotion-charged atmosphere at Pitchapalooza. “These writers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves.”
Adds her writer-husband David Henry Sterry: “This is the first time some have said in public, ‘I’m a writer.’” […]
It’s pretty straightforward, according to the experts. If you want to be great at something, you have to practice it for 10,000 hours.
This could be playing the piano or trading hedge funds or shooting a basketball. It’s all about refinement of the skill, repetition compounded by more and more and more repetition.
This principle, detailed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Outliers, holds for other less worthwhile and sketchy pursuits such as writing sports blogs. […]