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The hardest part about writing is capturing your own (or someone else's) inner thoughts. For example, if I ask you to tell me something funny or frustrating about your job, you'd give me tales of coworkers eating your food from the break room fridge, or tell me your boss is incompetent. But those aren't thoughts, just observations. We seem to store memories in terms of actions and some broad emotions, but not thoughts. And it is the thoughts you generally don't voice that make writing interesting.


Let's test this. In the comments section, tell me what you were DOING immediately before reading this blog, and also tell me what you were THINKING about while you did it. If you can do both of those things, you are halfway to being an interesting and humorous writer.


For example, "I was answering an e-mail from my coworker Karl while thinking he won't understand my answer because he has an unusually small head that probably can't hold much of a hat much less a brain."


Your turn.

 
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May 13, 2008
I was sitting at my desk, rifling through last nights emails from our operations center, eating Nutter-Butters and trying to avoid being noticed and getting drawn into the fiasco that's been unfolding at the office this morning...

I was thinking that coffee would go well with my cookies, and that I should sneak off and get a cup...
 
 
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May 13, 2008
I was thinking that the client who just left was an !$%*!$%* and so is the manager working with him, as my manager handed me something to mail for the client when all the client needs to do is add postage and seal the frigging thing! I am noticing that all of these comments so far have a common theme. Scott, can you come up with a system wherein we still have all the benefits of modern living, but none of us develop albinoism in a cube farm?
 
 
May 13, 2008
I was registering with Dilbert.com to add a comment to the cat post while thinking that I hate having a new registration and password to remember for yet another site when all I want to do is leave a random comment to add my tiny piece to the collective detritus that is the internet.
 
 
May 13, 2008
I was sending a co-worker a link to http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Main_Page.

I was thinking, "How much trouble will I get into when he spends the next six hours reading about a fictional, time-shifting island?".
 
 
May 13, 2008
I was listening to a colleague complain that he didn't want to make coffee, but he wished someone else would make it for him. At the same time, I was thinking that *I* didn't want to make coffee, and was disappointed because I thought he was going to.
 
 
 
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