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Pastis’ comic writing advice: Don’t try so hard
Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis is dishing out advice for would be comic creators. His first round of advice: “Don’t put effort into your work.”
Here’s how you know when you’re funny: The ideas seem to flow from you naturally, almost without work. You’re more of a witness to it than a creator of it.
Another caveat: Sometimes the stuff that flows from you will be crap. And that voice inside your head will lie and tell you it’s good. That’s a risk you must bear.
But as a general idea, good jokes will pop out right before your eyes, like bunnies from a stream (I know what you’re saying – I’m good at analogies).
You know this is happening because your reaction will be, “Someone MUST have done this before.” (By the way, you’ll also get that feeling when your stealing ideas from The Far Side.)