The Productive Rant

Let’s move onto the productive rant.

This is a simplified version of an exercise from The Serious Guide to Joke Writing by Sally Holloway. A great book, check it out.

Think of a topic you have strong opinions on.

Start a Google doc and put a heading at the top:

I can’t stand [topic]

E.g. I can’t stand annoying marketers emailing me every day…

There are two ways of doing this.

You can either start writing out your rant, or record yourself speaking and transcribe it. The latter is especially useful for those who turn into the most serious or formal person in the world as soon as they get in front of a keyboard.

Let all your thoughts out.

Don’t hold back.

Here are some prompts to help you write your ‘productive rant’.

They must think ______

What really gets me is ______

In an ideal world, they would ______

In a parallel universe _____

I’d love to tell them ______

If I could change just one thing, it would be ______

Start by writing for just 5 minutes.

Then try 10 minutes.

Don’t worry if you don’t like what you’ve written.

This is just an exercise to get your true thoughts on paper.

You’ll see where you exaggerate. 

This is the muscle we want to exercise.

Being able to show your point of view in an entertaining way is a great way to deliver humour. Exaggeration is one way to achieve this.

This can create humour all on its own. 

However, it’s most useful when combined with the other exercises in this course.

If you can use exaggeration and “say one thing and mean another”, you are blending two elements of humour. This is what the ‘Letter of Hate’ exercise helped with.

The same goes for using exaggeration while being self-referential. This is what the satirical press release exercise helped with.

… and we have several more exercises to come 😉

It’s also a fun way to blow off steam. It’s more productive than letting something annoy you.

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