WOW. Big amazing powerful epiphany moment here. I’m taking a 6-week online course with Jess Morrow called Invincible Summer that started June 1st. I’m finally getting a chance to read the ebook for the week. And it mentions the “For the Girls” ebook, so I stopped to read that one. And I got to page 5 where it talks about a girl who watches sketch comedy and should be writing them, who wrote a satire in school… I identify with her, although in my case, the parodies and satires got high grades in college where I was an English Lit major.
I’ve struggled with writing because I have an awesome novel idea in mind that I frequently think, and these are my exact words here, “This novel would be brilliant in the hands of a more talented writer.” I know, I know. I am selling myself short by not believing in myself and my talents, blah blah blah. But maybe that’s not the problem!
In reading about this girl in “For the Girls,” I realized that my problem is not that I am not talented. It’s that although I love to read dystopian YA fiction, that’s not where my talents lie. I am funny. I am not saying that to be conceited, because it’s true. I have a great sense of humor, and I love to make people laugh. So why am I trying to write a dark dystopian novel, even if it does have an interesting premise? I am passionate about the story. I think it could be truly great. But… I’m much more adept at writing things that are funny.
And THEN I started thinking about WHY I don’t write more humor, and realized it’s because I think that to be taken seriously as a writer, I need to write serious things (duh, right?). I enjoy funny books, but I don’t consider them “serious” reading material. If someone asks what I’m reading, I don’t want to tell them I’m reading something funny, I want them to think I’m reading something “real.” So instead of continuing to try to write serious things, I need to find some really good funny books so I can change my thought that all humorous books are mindless “fluff.” (Note, I don’t feel that all comedic movies are mindless fluff, just books. Weird.)
Soooo…. any suggestions? I especially love kids and YA books, but anything funny will do.