I am sitting in the family room of my house, Sunday night. Extreme Makeover is on the TV, and my husband is flying a mini remote control helicopter around my head. Not the ideal writing setting. But as I dodge the four-inch wings that hover over my ear, I realize that even though it may not be ideal, it’s fun. That’s what life should be, and that’s what writing should be.
As I blog more, I am finding that it is really easy for my personality to come through. I was talking to my cousin the other day (Hi, Em!) who told me that she likes reading my blog because it’s funny. My immediate reaction – “Thanks!” My secret reaction? 1. Yay! Someone is reading my blog. 2. Yipee! It’s actually entertaining.
Now, I’ve never considered myself an especially funny person. I can get a good jab or quip into conversation here and there, and I can clothe myself in sarcasm if need be, but I’m not really a joker. Not like my husband. Dave is a joker. He rewrites lyrics to songs, doctors up pictures, and makes it a daily goal to make me laugh (which I appreciate). But me? Not so much. I just figure, if I have fun writing the blog, maybe people will enjoy reading it.
It’s like my philosophy of teaching. I believe that children will learn more if they are having fun with what they’re learning. And they’ll have fun if I am having fun! When they are laughing, the lessons not only stick, but students consider school a positive experience. I want children to feel the same way about reading. If they can have fun while they read, laugh at the characters, then they’ll have a positive view of reading in general. It’s the reason that I make book recommendations to students, and the reason I try my hardest to make my writing fun!