I would love to have natural humor in my writing.
My humor is of the more dry kind. Someone is having a conversation and I pop in with a blatently obvious observation that no one else will dare to say.
Okay, example: I graduated from the School of the (Museum) of the Art Institute of Chicago. You study all forms of art, 2-D, 3-D, 4-D, etc. We had attended a show of some performance art, where a young man is naked in a cage and trying to pleasure himself. (It is the Art Institute); lots of naked, lots of angst. The class was discussing the ‘purpose’ of the performance and what we learned from it. I, one of the older students, opens my mouth and out pops, “That it’s harder to come in public than you think.”
To me, it was just one of those rules of nature that everyone should know, but the class spent the next five minutes ROFLOL. (See, I’m not as old as you think.)
Often, when I say these things, I don’t even realize it’s going to be funny. This makes it hard for me to write humor. I’ve had a lot of ‘things’ going on in the last year; ill health of family members, ill health of pets, the financial situation, idiots, etc. Not a lot seems funny to me and I have made a point of going back through my book and MAKING some funny.
I used to read my daughter’s blog, BRAINDEBRIS at http://braindebris.wordpress.com/, for lessons in funny. AND, AND, that girl has started blogging again. That girl is funny in her sleep and it is just all so natural. I also have a niece who has you in stitches all the time. I have just discovered, from one of my other favorite blogs, EpBOT at http://www.epbot.com/, to the Bloggess’ blog: http://thebloggess.com/2011/06/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-battles/ This one goes to the top of my list, right alongside http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/ BECAUSE, everyone should have a 5 foot tall metal chicken.