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Write Funny

October 15, 2012 |

Dear Garrison,

I have begun writing a book. I really want to create a mood where it is both funny and beautiful. When I write more towards the evocative and descriptive it seems not as funny. When I write more towards being funny I feel I lose some of the beauty.

Any tips?



My advice is to write funny, Adam. If you can make people laugh, that's a gift not to be ignored. If you have a good curve ball and a 90 m.p.h. fastball, why would you play second base? Evocative is for older guys like me who have lost our fastball long ago and sit up in the bleachers and evoke and evoke and evoke. Why hang out with this pathetic crowd of poetic has-beens? You belong on the field.

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