100 Hours of Humo(u)r – Hour 18: Honorable Mentions for Bravery
By Dave Fox
Somewhere around 4 a.m., Singapore time, I was feeling mildly panic-stricken about how I was possibly going to keep these posts coming for a full hundred hours. Eleven hours later (on two-and-a-half hours worth of sleep), I’m realizing entrants in our flash humor contests might be my salvation.
The world is feeling very dizzy at the moment. My earlier headache has been replaced with a lower backache from too much time at my desk. Moments are growing more and more frequent when I find myself staring at my computer screen, clicking random things without understanding why. I’ve come to the realization that if I don’t get a good night’s sleep tonight, the 100 Hours of Humor are going to fizzle before the halfway point.
Ahhh, but then I realized, I have material pouring in from bold “flash humorists” who have entered contest number one. I’ve got three more such contests in the next three days.
Our first contest’s theme was about stepping outside your comfort zone – which is what many of these aspiring humor writers have done simply by entering a writing contest with such a short deadline. The ten hours they had to compose their first story was enough time for a rough draft, and perhaps a little editing. The other three contests – if I stick to my current plan – will each offer a three-hour window in which to write. It’s scary, even for many professional writers to try to compose quality humor on such a tight deadline.
But one thing I promise will help improve your writing: step outside your comfort zone as a writer and challenge yourself with things like this, and if you do it enough, you will get better.
So I’ve decided to make liberal use of these stories over our remaining 82 hours. Let’s applaud these bold writers for their bravery, and willingness to fling their rough drafts to the world!
The rules in the first contest acknowledged that entering would authorize me to publish the story on Globejotting. I’m amending that rule for the rest of these contests because I don’t want to discourage anyone from entering. If you are not selected as the winner, you may request that I not use your story… but letting me use it would help me keep a few shreds of sanity.
So I’ll be sprinkling a few of the other entries from contest number one into the mix as we trudge onward. I thank you for the nap time!