Writing funny is hard. In fact, sometimes it can be agonizingly painful. My first article for An Army of Ermas is scheduled to appear tomorrow and for the past twelve hours I have been torn between lawn dart humor and a “how to” piece on covert procrastination. Yesterday three out of four critics voted for lawn dart humor while the fifth had some concerns. I spent the latter part of the evening making the suggested changes and sent it off to my editor this morning.
I suppose my first clue that I might not be cut out for humor writing took place a few years ago when I decided I wanted to apply to be a contestant on Last Comic Standing. I recruited my girls to help me with my material. I stood in front of them nodding and said, “Traffic.” Blank stares. “Okay girls, this is where you come in…make it funny.” My audience wandered away shaking their heads in dismay. Yes, finding the funny can be hard.
Just heard back from my editor and she thinks it is a good fit for Ermas! So lawn dart humor it is. Look for my debut article tomorrow on An Army of Ermas!