Here it is December 29th, 2014 and I only have two more jokes to write, so clearly this resolution was easier for me to keep than "Try to like kale" and "Call mom."
As writers, we often set quotas for ourselves or sign onto quota-based exercises such National Novel Writing Month (nanorimo), the A to Z challenge for flash fiction, or Write 1000 Words for Every Piece of Chocolate You Consume. Some people swear by these challenges, while others end up curled up in the fetal position under their desks weeping silently into the carpet.
Either way, there is always something to be learned. For me:
- The ratio of "things I'm proud to have written" to "things that horrify me and I will take with me to the grave" is about 2:1. Most fell somewhere in between.
- Although I am more productive in the morning, I am funnier and more creative after the sun sets. This is not due to drinking, if that's what you're thinking.
- The work I am fondest of is not necessarily the work that gets the most "likes" or "retweets."
- Although I pride myself on being relatively clean, relatively nice, and relatively awake most of the time, I certainly have a mean girl in me. (Note to self: explore this by writing e-mail to cable company.)
- When I get on a roll, I should go with it, even if it's late and The Daily Show is coming on any minute.
- As much as I hate organizing my writing, after I do so my headspace is clearer and I get more done, damn it!
- That B.A. in political science really paid off because of the midterm elections!
- Don't write jokes suggested by friends and followers. Just don't.
- Although certain styles of comedy writing are easier for me when writing my monthly humor columns and my books, this exercise has taught me that I have strengths in other areas as well. Who knew?
- Good writing is rewriting. I already knew this, but even in the few seconds it would take to cut and paste a joke from my word file to Facebook, I would think of ways to make it better.