When writing homor, how do you know if you are being overly derivative? Surely your influences will find a way to surface
I'm tring to write humor, sometimes even crack myself up, but without an audience in front of you, how do you ever know if it funny?
I guess those little feedback buttons need to be used more?
I wrote a hub on it --writing Humor, that is. As for Homor-- you mean the Greek poet or Homer Simpson?
Spelling is important. (unless there is a yet undiscovered branch of gay humor needing its own name. Dibs, called it, whatever:)
On a completely other note, I hope your avatar/photo is the real you, as you remind of one of my dearest friends. One of those people you'd send an email too, in Dr. Suessian, and start a whole day of laughs.
I'd say if you crack yourself up, it's bound to crack someone else up, too, so keep up whatever you're doing!
My husband writes a lot of comedy stories on here, and as he's writing them, I constantly hear him sitting at his computer, snickering at whatever he wrote, lol...so you and him have something in common, haha!
He's Tom Cornett, if you want to check him out, you can click on his name on my profile page...I'll send him your way, too--he loves to read other people's funny stuff!
Just keep writing. Go visit people's hub who write in the humor categories and leave good comments. Engage with the funny people you like and they'll engage back, and slowly you start to get more readers. It's slow.
HP isn't a super great place for readers because most people here are trying to make money with their writing, not really read. (You only have to go hubhopping once to see why). But, if you poke around the forums, go out and meet people through their hubs, you'll get people to read. If it's funny enough, a portion will comment and you'll start to see what's working for you and what isn't.
Start with Rochelle Frank there. She's freaking hilarious. Her hub "What's in Your Bra?" HERE: http://hubpages.com/hub/OK-Ladies--Whats-in-your-Bra is what made me realize writing humor on here wasn't a total waste of time.
I need to spend a little more time in forums, (and Rochelle is one of my favorite writers.) The networking thing is reasonably new to me, being a 52 year old dinosaur, but in just a couple of weeks I have made three really positive connections. Your counsel on patience is something to take to heart,
You haven't been here long, but if people think your stuff is funny, you'll get 2-3 percent who will take the trouble to click the feedback button to say so.
Don't get anxious too early. If you have had, oh, say 3,000 page views and not one marked as funny, well, maybe you aren't funny. If you got 100, there should be no question in your mind. If you get more than that, you are blipping hilarious.
Did I pronounce that correctly? I'm getting some great feedback, even better that its coming from people that when I check their writing out, I think, wow these guys are funny. That is a great motivator. This is fun. Hope I don't get a real job too soon...
Thanks a ton
So if you are getting a good bit of feedback that says you are funny, you ARE funny.
Or - all the people who said you are funny are just crazy outliers who will laugh inappropriately at almost anything.
If you want to think it is the second explanation, that's fine, but I'd go with the first
I just read a few of them. You are funny. The Random Guy one had me laughing outloud, and I really like your most recent one with the Unques (?) and whatever that other word was... You write well and have a great "voice." You're going to do fine. Keep writing. Seriously. You have nothing to worry about.
Isn't angst a giant part of the deal? I appreciate the positive comments, and so far no one has said you read exactly like...
I want, no need, to be an individual, just like everyone else:)
Love the fact that I'm 'meeting' some interesting and diverse people, how cool is that?
Ok, now there's a hub begging to be written, "Outliers, friend or foe?"
Have to say I'm attracted to those who would politely refer to themselves as "out of the box", but not so much to those who say "Box, what box?"
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