Welcome to Day Two: Unusual Forms

Now that you are funny/ier, welcome to Day Two!

I hope you are writing, and writing furiously, but if you are soaking in these lessons and taking your time, then that is a hope of mine, too.

One thing to note: Form is funny.

Today, I’d like to consider the ways in which we structure our writing, and how organization can lead to funny things.

The funniest thing I have read from the brilliant folks at Hobart (and a story I can no longer find in their archives, help!) is titled “After the Game” and the text is simply “Good game” on repeat, down the page:

After the Game

“Good game.”

“Good game.”

“Good game.”

“Good game.”

This story makes me smile because it perfectly (prosaically) captures the close of any sporting match with that oft-spouted phrase. This is deadpan at its best, and form working in tandem with subject.

With this in mind, I want us to venture into unusual forms of delivery today and see where the funny takes us. In the following pages, like yesterday, I have listed several techniques with examples and prompts to get you challenging form. And, like yesterday, feel free to chop and change between lessons and mangle the prompts as you want.