Mamamia is looking for some funny, funny women.
The Mamamia Women’s Network are launching the first ever MWN Writers’ Competition – to unearth the best online writing talent in the country.
MWN, together with HarperCollins Publishers, is offering winners across several categories $1000 prize money, as well as an opportunity to have an ongoing publishing relationship with MWN, Australia’s premier women’s media company.
To give you some inspiration, one of MWN’s favourite funny women, Lucy Gransbury, has shared some of her tips on how to write humour.
What are you waiting for? Apply here.
BE FUNNY BE FUNNY BE FUNNY BE FUNNY.
Scared yet? Don’t be.
If you are trying to write something funny, take a deep breath. And then take a break. And then go to the liquor store. And then drink a bottle of Shiraz. And then leave the empty bottle on the floor and run out of the store before they arrest you. And then go home. And then have a nap in your shoes and wake up hungover and take a long hard look at yourself, what did you even do that for?
Let’s start again.
You don’t need alcohol. You don’t need calming techniques. You got this. If you are trying to write something with a bit of comedy in it, it’s easier than you think. Why? Because you KNOW humour. You KNOW how to laugh, how to giggle with your friends, what kind of writing makes you snort when you’re on a packed train so that everyone thinks you’re a little bit special.
Don’t get caught up thinking ‘be funny be funny be funny be funny’, just be yourself. Here’s a few tips on how to do that.
Always write down your ideas.
I keep lists in my phone of funny things people have done in front of me, or sudden opinions I’ve had, or weird concepts that have popped into my mind. I read through a shopping list the other day and it said…
Piggy in the middle is funny but awful
…because I must have seen a game of it in the park while I was writing my shopping list, and felt the need to recall it later. (Now’s a good time: how funny/awful is the game Piggy In The Middle? Metaphor for my life sometimes?) Once you are in the habit of writing, everything can spark ideas for you, so be prepared to have a thousand notes in your phone.
Be honest, be fearless.
If you are pissed off about something, be pissed off. If you feel differently to everyone else, feel differently. Don’t feel the need to tread lightly, just in case the wrong person reads your writing. Be fearless and be honest. If it’s your opinion, express it loud and clear, without crappy apologetic openings like “It’s just that I think I sort of feel that maybe…”. Some of my most popular articles have been directed at things that pissed me off, like Kookai, or Wippa, or a guy who openly criticised Adelaide in a Sydney paper. Don’t think about the people reading it, just OWN your opinion. (But change names if you need to… No need to start a family argument because you slandered Aunty Marge and her weird cats on on the internet).