Homework Sux

Hi folks,

Another quick post – I havent spent much time blogging, but I have spent time writing. I gave my stats earlier in the week, and these have continued, slowly. I keep pumping out my 350 words a week on my (directionless) primary wip (‘Pussy Alternator’), and then throwing more words towards anything else I happen to get an interest in.

After finishing my short story to zero draft stage, this means I’m hitting a new secondary wip that I’m calling ‘Vermi’. This story is that I’m going to try and make funny. Despite having a reasonably high opinion of my own sense of humour, I rarely try to be funny in my writing in any sustained manner. Oh, I drop a joke or few silly comments on my blog, and have pumped a few flash fictions that were basically 100-to-1000 word buildups to a punchline – but nothing long form. I think that writing humour is hard to do well, and I’m not convinced I’ll be able to pull it off. But its a challenge, which is what this is all about, right?

As for the homework…I don’t think I’m going to do this month’s homework. I know, I know.

I’m slack.

But…two things.

The homework itself doesnt really inspire me.

Take three different characters and walk them through a scene. Convey their emotional states, their jobs, and their hobbies without directly stating any of those. The scene in question: walking through a marketplace, and they need to do a dead-drop.


Meh. This is a weak excuse. Just because the homework isn’t particularly sexy isn’t a reason to not do it. Still, its particularly uninspiring…

I’m actually getting proper writing done, and I kinda don’t want to lose the momentum

This is a far better excuse, and the one I’m going to hold up as my ‘reason’ for being slack.

That said, the gang is still going through the podcast, and I will be spending the month focusing on the characters I have in my current writing. I may not walk them through a dead drop, but I will be thinking about them in their scenes, how they interact with people and the surrounds, how to convey their personalities through this interaction.

I will also be thinking about character arc – which I think is a challenge for comedic challenges, as character growth isnt necesarily something comedic characters are known for. Let’s see how that goes 🙂 .

Till next time.

Published by: wildbilbo

My name is Kristian Thoroughgood, alternately known as KT to my friends, or @WildBilbo on twitter. As of August 2015, I am forty years old. Australian. My blog is intended to be both a place for me to polish my creative writing muscles (not a double entendre) and for others to read and comment on my musings. Expect short stories, articles, essays and other brain dumps. My opinions are my own, and whilst I take care to be at least moderately informed about any topic I speak or write about, these opinions are subject to rapid change in the face of passionate arguments and greater evidence. Please note - on my blog, Evidence beats Passion.

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2 thoughts on “Homework Sux”

  1. Writing while funny is one of the hardest skills to master. I love humor in writing, but I’ll admit, what I find funny and what someone else might find funny can be vastly different kettles of iguana. (See, just changing a phrase from ‘fish’ to ‘iguana’ strikes me as funny. But just listen to those crickets chirping out there. Man, people don’t recognize genius when it walks up and punches them in the face.)

    Anyhow, good luck in the funny writing…or writing funny…whichever works best for you.

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    1. Oh god yes! It’s hard to know when your hitting the mark with serious writing; I’m convinced I’m going to chuckle the whole way through this writing process & then get blank stares from my alpha readers!

      And iguanas are always funny.


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