Improve Your Creative Writing By Practicing the Art of the Dirty Joke
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As advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree explains, dirty jokes are a distilled form of creative writing that requires you to reduce a story to its most basic elements. You wouldn’t write a paragraph about the details of a man’s tie in a limerick, and you wouldn’t pile a sixth plot twist on top of your pile of punchlines. Once the joke stops having rhythm or being funny, you know when you need to cut something. Building that instinct can improve your writing:
Whether it’s a screenplay or a PowerPoint presentation, does it have a clear beginning, middle and end? Or is it a rambling mess of ideas? And that’s where dirty jokes come in…
Playwright extraordinaire David Mamet says the dirty joke is the best model for telling a story. It has a beginning, middle and end, it doesn’t waste time telling you more than you need to know, and it uses everyday language.
Writing dirty jokes force you to practice many of the skills that make a great creative writer including brevity, clever turns, accessible language, and structuring your story. If you’re hitting a road block, or just want to improve, let your dirty mind roam free.