At the 2010 Write-On Writers Conference in Coshocton, Ohio, sponsored by the Write-On Writers, I attended the workshop titled A Funny Thing Happened: Bringing Your Humorous Tales to the Page. This workshop was led by humorist Pat Snyder (www.PatSnyderOnline.com). For an exercise in brainstorming and drafting a short humorous tale, she got us started with the following:
Writing a Funny Story
PROMPTS FOR "A FUNNY THING HAPPENED . . .."
- My first boyfriend/girlfriend
- My worst date
- The dinner was ruined
- A rule I decided to break
- My mother gave me a stony look when . . .
- Valentine's Day disaster
- And it happened on my birthday
- The Weirdest thing ever found in the laundry
- What was growing in my refrigerator
- I thought I knew the words to the song
- My first drink
- My first cigarette
- The teacher with eyes in the back of her/his head© 2010 Pat Snyder
We were given about five mintues to pick a topic and organize our thought. We then had about ten minutes to write a funny short story. Here's my attempt, albeit tweaked a bit for this webpage:
It wasn't easy growing up in a conservative family. I had heard words used by the guys at school that I'd dare not ever say at home. I lived under the constant threat of having my mouth washed out should I utter a single profane syllable, and I had the potential for becoming the poster boy for Ivory soap. It seems by the age of six, the conversation among my peers resembled that of drunken sailor wannabes. I had blisters on my tongue from having had to bite it when within earshot of my Sunday school teaching mother.
I don't remember where or when I heard it, but the phrase was spoken in an adults group. That source gave it automatic credibility. So, a few days later at the dinner table my guard was down, for I now had an easy way out. Perhaps the bite of mashed potatoes was too hot or the gravy too salty, but I impulsively blurted out, "Damn!" My mother dropped her fork and gave me her stony disapproving glare. But I had my ace in the hole. "Pardon my French," I said with naive confidence.
I would have prefered the cherry pie my mom had made for desert, but I guess the Ivory soap really didn't taste that bad.© 2010 Bob Birch
Now it's your turn. Using one of Pat Snyder's prompts, write a very short humorous story and send it to me. If it makes me chuckle, or even grin, I'll post it here - giving your full credit, of course.
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