Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How to be a Successful Unsuccessful Humor Writer - A Link

Michele Young-Stone

Michele Young-Stone is a terrific new writer on the American literary scene and her debut novel The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors has won praise from readers and critics alike coast to coast.  It is so good that I actually read it!,  a major testament to any book in that I am someone so ill-read I think Huckleberry Finn is a type of pie served only at Red Lobster.

That's why I was surprised when Michele asked me several weeks ago if I would like to author a guest post for her blog, Michele Young-Stone, Novelist.  Now normally in the course of life I'm not asked to do much more than shut up and stand in the corner, so Michele's request caught me quite off guard. True, I wasn't the only person Michele asked to do a guest post, but I was one of a half-dozen or so very close to the top alphabetically among the "B's!"

So I felt myself to be indeed humbled and honored by her request.  Although now that I think about it, does it really make sense to be both humbled and honored?  Aren't they opposites? WTF?  Anyway,  I set about trying to come up with a topic for the post that would provide Michele's readers with insight, erudition, and a wee touch of wit and not embarrass the hell out of her, as if either of the two were possible from me.

But what to write about?  The voluminous series of novels I've been working on about the coming of age of a young wizard are not quite ready for publication, nor is my tale of the Old South and its traditional way of life that was Blown Away in the Breeze, as I call it in my projected title.  

"Write what you know" is a credo to which many writers subscribe and I subscribe to it as well, primarily because I got a t-shirt and 50% off my subscription. Thus I decided to write about what I know best these days which is writing a humor blog, or to be more precise, writing this humor blog. So I am happy to provide for Michele a post entitled "How to be a Successful Unsuccessful Humor Writer," which I sincerely hope will help inspire,  guide, and support eager new humor writers in  falling on their faces just as miserably as I have these last few years.  

Lotsa luck, everyone!

And thank you again for this opportunity, Michele.  I am humbled.  And honored.

But not both at the same time.



Russell said...

Congrats, Perry. I'm both humbled and honored just to know someone who's been asked to do a guest post on a great author's blog. I can't wait to read the great tips that will help me become even more unsuccessful as a humor writer.

Perry Block said...

I'm sorry, Russell, but you have too much talent to become an even more unsuccessful humor writer. I hate to have to break it to you this way, but you'll just have to get used to the money, fame, cars, and sex with gorgeous women, including Scarlett Johansson.

Russell, no, no, don't do it, it's not all that bad! Look at the bright side, you can still hang with a complete loser like me!