Ivy Eisenberg offers some advice for finding humor while on the hamster wheel:
It’s 12:02 PM. I’m in my corporate office in a pin-striped suit. I am writing jokes. They are not “for work,” though you can bet a number of them are about work. I’ve been working full-time for 28 years — just until my humor career takes off. Though I can’t afford to quit work, I refuse to stop writing. […]
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Erma Bombeck was very comfortable in front of a television camera. (See her here on Oprah. Her segment begins at the :55 mark.)
TV doesn’t always come so naturally to writers, though. Syndicated columnist Tracy Beckerman has done her share of TV appearances and offers some tricks of the trade:
I recently met a guy and was introduced to him as a humor writer.
Lisa Tognola’s parody ad for a “Hunk of the Month” club (made of “medical grade plastic … as close as you’ll get to the real thing”) is included in the new Valentine’s Day anthology My Funny Valentine. The compilation’s editors came to her, she said.
“Since creating my blog last summer, I’ve benefited from increased exposure online. The co-author of My Funny Valentine spotted my work and suggested I submit a Valentine’s Day themed piece for consideration in her book,” […]
Humorist, speaker and mad genius E. Mitchell says she’s had success standing out from the crowd by blending in with the styles of other writers:
Looking for ways to invigorate your writing career? There are a number of prestigious humor writing competitions that turn the sincerest form of flattery — imitation — into an art form for fun and profit. In addition to the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition (which commences January 3, […]
Wanda Argersinger offers some advice for writers so simple we often forget it:
Have you ever lost a great idea, the perfect ending to your story, the next turn in your mystery, or the title that will scream “read me”? Most writers have.
Ideas are fleeting and difficult to coax into existence. They appear at the most inopportune time, unless you are always ready to capture the thought. […]