Writing on writing

More of these types of posts are coming. I’m diversifying a bit because there are other things to talk about.

So, right now, let’s talk about writing.

Currently, thanks to my wife’s generosity, I’m starting on a book that is all about bettering oneself in writing comedy. In case you didn’t know, it’s a hobby of mine. A large portion of my 10.5k tweets (as of this post) are jokes. However, given a recent look at comedy by Cracked.com’s Adam Tod Brown rekindled an interest in better learned comedy writing. Couple that with a recent post by David Burge of Iowahawk fame at Breitbart.com (a site I rarely go to, mind you):

That golf-clap is a nagging concern whenever I tweet a joke or write a blog bit. Does it provoke a genuine laugh, or is it just a cheap polemic that pushes the approval button of like-minded folks? I hope it’s the former, but when the subject is politics it’s hard to really know. The only thing you can really do is to mix it up with a healthy regimen of apolitical material to keep honest.

His post is in response to Ben Howe, a regular contributor at RedState, who has a post up at BuzzFeed analyzing a trailer to a movie by conservatives that sucks (the movie, not the post). Now, I’ve linked you to all these and I post this up on my own blog because of one reason: I want to get better.

I have no idea where I’ll end up. I’m currently at a newspaper writing sports. If something else came up that was too good to pass up, I need to be at the absolute top of my game in order to achieve what I want to. Ideally, I’d like to do something political, but that is not a field that lets many people in. So, instead, I keep my options open. Maybe I could land in radio again. Perhaps get another talk show gig. I liked that a lot. Maybe I’ll be stuck reading and writing news for a while. That would be okay.

But in any of those options, or the myriad of others that are open if I were to look, I have to improve my writing. And so, for now, I read this book on writing comedy. Also on my reading list is a book on better story writing. I still need to finish the one I got on sports writing. Then there is one on writing in villians, which I think politicians could probably contribute to a lot if they thought about how they framed opponents.

It’s a matter of bettering myself, which can only come in practice and experience. I’d like to think I have a lot of the former and I sure as hell want more of the latter.

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