I don't "feel the funny". That's what I call my insecurity regarding humor. Many of us don't feel skilled when it comes to writing humorously. I would love to have the humor of Rick Riordan or Janet Evanovich or Judith Byron Schnachner (Skippyjohn Jones author). But I don't.
According to Bruce Ballenger, "You don't have to step on dog droppings to find a situation with comic potential."
Phew! That's a relief, because I don't have a dog. I do have a husband, children, and a truckload of high school students, though. I do have two eyeballs and good listening skills. I do write. Writers are observers and recorders of life, and life is often funny.
In Discovering the Writer Within, we are encouraged to explore writing humorously until we learn to feel more comfortable.
But the self-doubts many of us feel about bringing our humor to the page are just another of our self-critic's ploys to stop us from taking risks. Don't be disappointed if your [writing] seems unlikely to crack a smile, or might even be downright stupid. Don't try to analyze why your attempts sometimes seem to fall flat. 'Humor can be dissected, as a frog can,' wrote essayist E.B. White, 'but the thing dies in the process.' Just laugh at yourself and try again.Ballenger suggests we begin by starting a humor file. "Clip newspaper articles that make you smile and shake your head and say to yourself, 'Gosh, what a crazy world we live in.' "
How well do you "feel the funny"?