David Sedaris and Humor

I had the pleasure of seeing David Sedaris on stage again and he inspired me to, this morning, try and write something funny again. I consider myself a funny person but it seems that whenever I want to write something lighthearted, happy, or funny, it always ends up crushing and tragic. This isn’t an aspect of my work that I particularly enjoy and don’t like being referred to or know in my program as “the trauma writer.” Mind you, I do like to write about trauma and I think it is critical to my healing, but I don’t always want to write about it.

I don’t know what changed for me this morning, but I was able to write a funny story. Perhaps it was really listening to Sedaris and the way he blends trauma and the serious with his own form of humor. I realized that my stories don’t have to be either/or and that was key. Anyway, I’ll be unveiling the new nonfiction short at the Graduate English Association party on Friday. I’ll let you know how it goes. It’s about food so maybe I’ll send it to Alimentum. I can’t remember if it would mean my third or fourth rejection from them, but I’ll keep trying. One day…

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