1. Cartoon ideas breed more cartoon ideas. Just looking at published cartoons gives you ideas for new cartoons. It's very important to familiarize yourself with the cartoons in the newspapers or magazines you want to write for. The situations and gags will lead to new situations and new gags.
2. I write about what's easiest for me to write about. I use my background, interests and opinions to create new ideas all the time. For instance:
a. I spend a lot of time alone writing gags. Therefore, I find it easy to write gags about prisoners. Same reason for being able to write about being alone on a desert island.
b. I come from a crazy family and can therefore easily write gags about therapy.
c. I've been married a long time and have two grown children. I can easily write about husbands and wives and all the craziness that goes along with long term relationships.
d. I see doctors more than occasionally. I can easily write gags about doctors and imaginary illness.
e. And, the lists go on and on.
3. I've begun to realize the importance of writing about the things that drive me crazy, for instance:
a. People trying to sell me things over the phone
b. The lack of help I often receive from customer service representatives
c. Rude customers in restaurants
d. The way bosses intimidate their workers
These issues are ripe for humor.
4. I've learned to get my ideas on paper, take a break and then go back to my ideas to try to create something meaningful.
5. It's really important to try to familiarize yourself with what's trending in technology, fashion, entertainment, etc. Many publications want their cartoons to be about what's on trend now.
6. It's very important to get your work out there and let people know what you do.
7. It's also very important to meet the people who can hire you.
8. Writing a blog is a very effective way of communicating on social media.
That's all for now. There's a lot of other things I've learned but I'll go into that in other entries.
Comments or questions? Email me at: gagsbyhelene