I have taken many writing classes over the past few years. One professor constantly preached to us…”Read what you want to write.” To so many that seemed pretty simple but to me it was a nightmare. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write comedy skits along the lines of what you see on “Saturday Night Live” or sitcoms or a book. I decided when taking the classes I would like to write like David Sedaris. I want to make people laugh.
In writing for my blog I mainly write about crazy news stories I have found on the internet and then share my opinion on their stupidity. It is certainly entertaining every day just to go through a few headlines. People these days are just plain nuts. This is not the kind of writing David Sedaris does but it does on occasion make people laugh.
One day a friend of mine (thank you Cindy!) sent me a newspaper clipping by a woman named Celia Rivenbark. I could not stop laughing. There was an e-mail address for the author at the end of the article so I wrote her to tell her how much I enjoyed it. She wrote me back and I wrote her back and so on and so forth. She even went and looked at my blog. Here is what she wrote back, “Some mighty good stuff in there. Keep at it!” She told me about her website and I was surprised to see that she has written five books. I immediately bought all of them. After about the first three stories a light bulb went off. This is how I want to write! This is what I want to be when I grow up! I am motivated, I have a direction now and I know that I would be happy writing stories like this and making people laugh. My encounter with Celia has lit a fire under my britches.
Celia has a new book coming out August 16th. “You Don’t Sweat Much For a Fat Girl”. If you don’t buy this book, buy one of her older ones. I promise you will not regret it.