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.


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.


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.


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.

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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  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!

  2. Words of wisdom come from the most unlikely!

  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.

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

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

  5. These are great. Thanks for sharing!

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

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

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

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

  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!

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

  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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