How many words should comedians write per day?
What’s up guys, Jonny here from MoonChimps Media.
I’m trying something new today! I’ve been doing stand-up comedy since last-last January. I had always known I would do stand-up comedy, ever since I was nine years old.
I was nine years old when my father had a heart attack and passed away. Suddenly, I had one less parent and a lot less structure and supervision in my life.
My mom worked days and was busy in the evenings, so I spent a lot of time with the Universal American Parenting Program, also known as cable TV.
After channel surfing for a bit, I always seemed to end up watching stand-up comedy, action/comedy movies, or sitcoms. I watched TV for easily 3-6 hours a day, and almost all of it was either set ups or punch lines.
Fast forward to today, January 15th 2018. I own a small media company with two of my friends. We started it as a terrible handdrawn webcomic website, and quickly branched out into browser games, game apps, and animations.
We started a discord server for people who play our games, and it immediately turned into a thriving suicide prevention group. How? You’d have to read the original post. We only half-know in hindsight from keywords and search traffic. It was just the magical chaos of the internet.
Okay, but why the fuck am I writing this article?
Like I said, I started off as a stand up comedian in January 2016. That was two full years ago, and I’ve had writer’s block for two full years.
I’m not a lazy person – anyone who knows me can vouch for my work ethic – but everytime I say down to write “jokes” or “material”, aside from a few bullet points or word bubbles, the page would stay blank.
Two fucking years, I’ve been living with this. It happens with the MoonChimps Podcast as well. In casual conversation, the funny switch on the side of my brain is on, and I can spew some wild, inappropriate shit out of my voice box. But when there’s a microphone, or a blank piece of paper….I freeze up and those humor-neurons just won’t fire.
So now that we’ve gone over some context, history, and the problem – we can talk about my attempt at a solution. Instead of writing “material”, I’m just going to write. I’m going to write every day, and I’m going to write about whatever makes the pen move.
I’m setting the bar low. I’m setting the bar on the ground, so I can just walk over it.
If I can write 100 words a day, I’m happy. 500 would be nice, but 100 is plenty. That’s an easy habit to start, and as a daily habit, it would take longer to think of an excuse than it would be to just write the 100 words. As the weeks and months go by, it will eventually add up.
To summarize, the reason I’m writing this article, is just to hit my 100 words a day and break my writer’s block. If you could see the 3.5 pages I just wrote (you can below), maybe you would have the same mischievous smirk that I do right now, because I finally broke my two-year writer’s block.
If you still have writer’s block, check out our friend Dylan Madden’s article How to Never Run out of Creative Juices.
Have fun out there,