Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Writer's tips from the comics

Help for writers can come from anyplace. I noticed these while reading the Sunday comics.

From ONE BIG HAPPY

RUTHIE:  This is my story about a beautiful princess who doesn't want to be a princess anymore. So she goes to a dancing school.

JOE: Ha! Hee, Hee. That's so dumb, Ruthie. Everybody knows they can't dance.

RUTHIE: Princesses?

JOE: No. Schools.

From PEANUTS:

SNOOPY writes: "I will always wait for you," she said. "I'm not going anyplace," he said." "If you don't go anyplace, I can't wait for you," she said.

LUCY: That's the dumbest thing I ever read.

SNOOPY: I'll add some footnotes.

From GET FUZZY

BUCKY KAT: Can I read you my new ghost story?

SATCHEL: What's it about?

BUCKY KAT: A guy goes into a haunted house and ends up becoming a ghost himself.

Satchel acts all scared in that way he has of driving Kat nuts.

BUCKY KAT: Ahem.  Dave went into the scary house. Before he knew what was happening, he became a ghost himself.

SATCHEL: Is that it?

BUCKY KAT: What more do you want? Satchel, the guy turns into a ghost.

SATCHEL: You just might want to make it a bit… longer.

Bucky Kat writes for a moment then reads: He became a greenish ghost.

SATCHEL: That is… longer.

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Maryann Miller is an author and freelance editor. Her latest book is Open Season, which has gotten nice reviews from Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly. One Small Victory, is a top seller in the mystery bestseller list at the Amazon Kindle store. Visit her Web site for information about her books and her editing services. If you have a good book, she can help you make it better. She will stop playing with her horse and work, honest.

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11 comments :

  1. LoL! Ooo, these are terrific! I love the Peanuts comics when Snoopy is writing; "Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul" contains some of them. Too funny!

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  2. Words of wisdom come from the most unlikely sources...fun!

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  3. Maryann, my source of inspiration comes from Braz... source of the best sliders in southeast MI ... I've heard dialogue in there that would make Elmore Leonard envious.

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  4. Love them. Thanks for sharing. Smiles are good ways to start the day, especially when there's wisdom behind the smiling.

    Terry
    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

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  5. These are great. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I haven't subscribed to a paper in years. I miss the comics.

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  7. Glad you enjoyed the funnies. Christopher, I need to know where the sliders are. I'm not to far from you today.

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  8. I absolutely loved the first one. Hahaa! :)

    After reading these, I want to write a comic strip! I think I will...

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  9. Maryann, here's my favorite Peanuts:

    (Charlie Brown is lying in bed in his black room.)

    Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is it all worth it?"

    Then a voice says, "Who are you talking to?"

    Then another voice says, "You mean, 'To whom are you talking?'"

    No wonder I lie awake at night!

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  10. Love that one, too, Kathryn. I have always enjoyed Peanuts, especially the ones about writing.

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  11. Maryann, Braz is at Nine Mile and Dequindre ... but skip the Belly Buster and just get a regular hamburger with grilled onions ... excuse me, I have to run an errand ... I'll be back ...

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