A modern muse of comedy decided to please picky readers on January 1st, 1957, in Toledo, Ohio. When I think of Christopher Moore, the first thing that comes to mind is funny. However, unlike many writers who believe that jokes are enough to compensate for a ghost of a story, mister Moore knows how to write a compelling, complete one, with the body and everything. So compelling that a few years ago, I postponed a date with a guy who seemed perfect so I could stay at home and finish Moore’s Sacre Bleu. It turned out that I should have kept reading his books instead of going on a date with that particular guy the next day, but every general is a genius after the battle. Anyway, Moore’s writing flows like a fast mountain river, refreshing everyone who finds himself in its flow. His characters are complete, the narrative is masterfully executed, and he knows how to make people laugh without cheap puns.
Therefore, Christopher Moore is the right person to turn to at the beginning of a new year for writing tips:
If you can’t think of anything to write about, it’s best, probably, to learn another skill or aspire to a different career. (I’m talking about fiction here. If you want to write non-fiction, you can always work as a journalist. Then they tell you what to write.) So my advice would be, and is, if you’re not very good, but you’d like to be, then take five years, learn your craft, do some writing, and if you’re still not good, go do something else. You’ll live a lot happier life that way. Writing is too hard to do if you aren’t enjoying it and getting better.
Have fun with writing. Be as silly and off the wall as you want to be. Yes, you should learn how to write a sentence and a paragraph and you should learn how to tell a story, but it’s always good to remember that good writing entertains, even as it accomplishes its other goals. So entertain yourself while you’re doing it. There are few experiences more fun than thinking up a great story. Writing it can sometimes be hard work, but even when plodding through the work of putting down prose, occasionally you can have a great time turning a phrase or crafting a particularly musical line. Enjoy it.
And check out his blog for more great tips: