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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Writer’s Block Can Be a Laughing Matter

cat blockThe research is in: humor boosts creativity. Laughing is a great way to bust through writer’s block.

I could cite the research and I will next week, but it’s Friday afternoon, so let’s cut to the chase.

A panda walks into a diner and orders a bamboo sandwich. The waitress brings him a sandwich. After he eats it, the panda pulls out a pistol and shoots up the place.

“What did you do that for?” the waitress screams when the panda stops shooting.  “Didn’t you like the sandwich?”

The panda tosses her a dictionary and as he walking out, he says over his shoulder. “I’m a panda. Look me up.”

The waitress picks up the dictionary, flips to ‘panda’ and reads “Panda: native to China, eats, shoots and leaves.”

Ah, the power of a misplaced comma.

Tag, You’re It!

It’s your turn. Please post a comment with a writer-related joke, image or link. Let’s laugh all weekend long.

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7 Comments on “Writer’s Block Can Be a Laughing Matter”

  1. Cia McAlarney May 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Dear John,

    I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior.
    You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy – will you let me be yours?


    Dear John,

    I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior.
    You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?




    • rosannebane May 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

      Great demo of the power of punctuation! Thanks Cia!


  2. Sammi Soutar May 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

    A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”


  3. Joel D Canfield May 2, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    That’s the one I usually tell. (Love Lynne Truss’ book by that name.)

    I’ll come back when I have another one.



  1. more tips here - June 12, 2014

    more tips here

    Writer’s Block Can Be a Laughing Matter | The Bane of Your Resistance


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