Today’s special guest author is Stella Deleuze, who has figured out how to create awesome short stories! Her book of humorous essays, Excuse Me, Where is the Exit?, is available on Amazon.
Welcome to the blog, Stella! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
Thank you for having me, Rachel. Well, the book is the result of many rants about all the things that annoy, bemuse or upset me. I thought it would be fun to share my observations with others with wry humour. I had a few people telling me they nodded quite a few times while reading.
Writing humorous stories can be difficult. How do you get a funny experience onto paper with its humor intact?
I honestly have no idea. I didn't even know I was as funny until people began to laugh about my dry comments. When it comes to humour, I basically write exactly how I speak, thinking back of a situation that caused me to put it onto paper in the first place. Sometimes, it takes only one comment and they burst into laughter. I think then: eh??? That's what try to transfer into a story.
Can you share something about your creative process?
Of course. Depending on what I'm writing, I either start typing immediately, or I will sit down when an idea hits me and think where the story could take me. Funny shorts stories come easier to me, and I just hammer onto my poor keyboard. Novels are different, I develop the characters first, how they interact and the storyline. If you are looking for the stereotype messy author with many paper-balls lying around, I must disappoint. The only paper you'll find is heaps of chocolate wraps.
Many people don’t see the potential stories in their everyday experiences. What made you decide to write this book?
I watch people and their behaviour. This alone gives me heaps of material. Same goes for situations. Yesterday, for instance, I had a little incident with a self-checkout. It's going to be a hilarious story, I'm already laughing about it before it's even written. As I said earlier, my short stories are basically rants and I just say what other people think, without sounding like a miserable sod. And, of course, I exaggerate a little.
What is the best advice you can give to writers?
Be patient with yourself. Read, learn – listen, learn – write, learn. It takes a lot of time and practice to improve. Don't be upset when someone criticises you, it's all part of the 'job'. Don't force yourself to be creative, it will come to you and you will enjoy it even more.
Thanks for stopping by, Stella!
No, thank you. It was a pleasure.
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