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Writing Comedy in Flow: Self-Consciousness

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Read the first article in this series on writing comedy in flow here. In this article we’ll explore another characteristic of flow: how to overcome self-consciousness while writing comedy. Self-consciousness leads people to continually monitor how they appear to other people. We do this throughout most of the day. The problem is that we take this self-consciousness into our comedy writing. Monitoring leads to filtering out thoughts that, at first glance, seem too different or risky to try. We reject thoughts that might put us at risk of...

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Writing Comedy: The Time Warp

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Writing Comedy: The Time Warp When you’re writing comedy in flow, you’re sense of time often becomes distorted. To those that have read the entire series on how to write in flow, it’ll come as no surprise that if you’re constantly worrying or self-conscious about your writing that time will move very slow while you’re writing comedy. However, when a comedian meets the other requirements of flow, they’ll experience time as flying by while writing. This is exactly where you want to be while writing. Different industries experience...

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Eliminating The Worry of Failure

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Eliminating The Worry of Failure I’m super-excited about this article. Once I let go of the idea of failing, my career took off. The transformation was both amazing and instantaneous. I didn’t know it at the time, but the worry of failure was destroying many different areas of my career. If you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ve probably struggled with this fear of failure on far-too-many occasions. Most people think fear of failure only applies to stage fright, but this isn’t the case. It affects your writing, performing, and...

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Eliminating Distractions to Writing

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Writing Comedy in Flow: Part 5 Distractions Are Gone Click here to read the first part of this article. Whenever you are writing comedy, you want to be in a state of flow for as long as possible. One reason for this is because when a comedian is in flow, they are no longer distracted. The reason there are no distractions when in flow is because the brain has maxed out its capabilities. Because the comedian is so intensely involved in the writing process, the brain has no leftover ability to focus on anything outside of the task at hand....

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Writing Comedy in Flow: Action & Awareness

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Writing Comedy in Flow: Part 4 Action & Awareness Merge Click here to go back to the first article on writing comedy in flow. The fourth criteria for flow is that a comedian’s actions and awareness merge. This is an overly complex way of saying that our concentration is focused on what we are doing at the time… and nothing else. The comedian is writing comedy in the moment. This is easy to see in professional athletes. When an athlete performs, they are in the present moment. Their awareness of themselves and the outside world...

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Can I Become a Comedian If I’m Under 18 or 21?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in How to Be a Comedian | 0 comments

Can I Become a Comedian If I’m Under 18 or 21? Many great comedians got their start in comedy before turning 18 or 21 your of age. If you want to become a comedian but are under 18 or under 21, you’ll have a unique set of benefits and challenges What’s important is that you use benefits to your advantage. This article will show young comedian show to use the benefits to their full advantage and eliminate the disadvantages. Benefits of Being a Comedian Under 18 or 21 The biggest benefit of learning how to do stand-up comedy...

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How To Write Comedy In Flow: Balancing Challenges & Skills

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy, Motivation | 0 comments

How to Write Comedy In Flow: Balancing Challenge and Skill-Level This is the 3rd part of a series on how to write comedy in a creative flow. To read part 1, click here. The third component of writing comedy in flow is the ability to balance the challenge with your individual skill level. For a comedian to get into a creative flow while writing they must always seek to balance their skills with the challenges they face. Why Skills and Challenges Should Be Balanced One of the characteristics of being in flow is that your brain is maxing out...

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Writing Stand-Up Comedy In Flow: Instant Feedback

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Writing Stand-Up Comedy In Flow: Immediate Feedback Go here to read the first part of this article series on how to write stand-up comedy in flow. This article will examine the second criteria for getting into a creative flow while writing comedy: Receiving immediate feedback. One of the most rewarding aspects about being a comedian is the ability to know exactly how well you are doing while performing on stage. The audience is either laughing or they aren’t. This feedback provides clear goals of what to do the next time you are writing...

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Writing Comedy In A State of Flow

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Creative Flow, How to write stand-up comedy | 0 comments

Writing Comedy In Flow Flow is the ultimate state of creativity for writing comedy. When in flow, creative ideas feel as if they come out effortlessly. Comedians that experience flow while writing are not only more creative (much more creative), but they also able to spend far longer writing comedy and enjoy the process more than comedians who don’t consistently get into a state of flow. If flow is so important, how do comedians harness a flow state to use while writing comedy? There are 9 criteria of getting into flow. However, not all...

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The Truth About Alcohol and Writing Comedy

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in How to write stand-up comedy, Writers Block | 0 comments

The Truth About Alcohol and Writing Comedy I’m breaking away from the normal “how to write stand-up comedy” blogs and decided to have some fun with this one. This article will look at the affects alcohol has on writing stand-up comedy. Ever felt like you write better if you have a drink first? You’re not alone. In fact, creativity researchers have studied alcohol’s affects in depth and found that a tiny bit of alcohol can actually make you more creative. But, as you would expect, it’s only up to a point....

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