One of the questions I get asked all the time is: where do you come up with the ideas for your posts?
Lots of writers would have you believe that ideas — whether they’re for a novel, a humourous post, or an invention — are mysterious creatures that come only to the most fortunate or blessed, and then only by chance. What’s more, you can only be struck by divine inspiration after suffering for your art or craft, nobly, of course, for years.
The truth is that anyone who creates for a living, and who has a substantial, regular output, uses a process or system designed to generate ideas. Some might not recognize that they have a process, or they might call it something more mystical-sounding like “a ritual.” But really, they’ve worked out a way to consistently generate ideas, and then they put in the work to make them come to life.
In my new book, Humour Writing — The Art of Being Funny, I show you how you too can routinely come up with ideas for funny material. I also show you how you can turn those ideas into saleable prose. Whether you want to become a humour columnist, a novelist, a greeting card writer, a stand-up comedian, or even if you just want to add a little levity to an otherwise serious piece, this book will show you how. It’s a complete, six-week course designed to help you make your readers laugh. At just $3.99 USD for the Kindle version, it’s a bargain that will provide value for years to come.
Also published on Medium.