Writing humor – when you don’t feel funny


I took this photo from the deck the other morning – doesn’t it look mournful, this January sky?

It captured my mood that morning. While there is a promise of something beautiful, January days come with a price – cold, dark, discomfort, and hassle. There is something ominous in the beauty.

I’ve always tried to blog (and write) with a humorous intent. It is my firm belief that even in the most stressful times, you can find something to laugh about. But these days, the only posts I seem to be able to write are about why I’m not writing, and why I can’t hit the writing goals I’ve set for myself. How do you write humor when you don’t feel funny?

It’s not exactly writer’s block. I could write, just not the way I want to do it. Is it like exercise where you work through the block, “no pain, no gain”? Or do you rest yourself, until the moment when laughter comes more easily? Or do you change it up, and write something completely different? Or all of the above?

Beats me.

I’d love to hear from other writers, writing humor or not, as to how they shake off the gloom and get back to work. How you use writing to work through the stresses and strains, rather than let them block you.

This post is a start, right? At least I’m writing something.

8 thoughts on “Writing humor – when you don’t feel funny

  1. Love your photo – very thought provoking! Its hard to write anything when you feel blue. Writing humor is the worst to write in this state. I have to eat a lot of sugar to be able to write good humor. Good post 🙂


  2. I’m no expert, but I find a little snarky humor to be a helpful bridge between a low mood and the desire for a good laugh and happier perspective. I will often write something full of all the profanity and sarcasm my fed up self can muster. It makes me laugh at my own ridiculousness – the crazy things that bounce around in my head that I would never say to the world. Giving yourself the permission to write them down can be cathartic. Then I pull back, edit, and find the more nuanced approaches to the same comedic result. Worth a try, maybe?


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