Yesterday was April Fools Day. Did you play a prank on anyone? A family member, friend? I saw a few things on Facebook that sounded very realistic. Until I realized the day. Actually, I’m not sure about one of them, it sounded so real.
Being a good writer is a little like being able to pull off a good April Fools joke. You have to make it sound so believable that no one will question what you’ve told them. Or written.
Years (okay, decades) ago, I pulled a really good prank on my coworkers. With a straight face I told them I was pregnant. Everyone was ecstatic! My direct supervisor, whose wife had just had a baby, offered up his wife’s maternity clothes (I was friends with her as well).
Then I told my best friend. I sat down next to her desk, scooted up close and gave her my ‘good news.’ She was so happy for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hide my giggle any longer and quite gleefully said, “April Fools.” To my shock she slapped my leg (the closest thing to her). Hard! The woman simply could not take a joke. Took a while for the stinging to go away. Have to tell you, I never did that again. I decided from that point forward, I wouldn’t play anymore pranks. I couldn’t take the abuse. 😉
So if you can spin a really good yarn, you have the makings of a good writer. Trust me, writing is much easier on the ole’ bod than pulling a prank, especially in person. Just sayin’….