|In memory of Lucille Ball|
While watching the movie, it dawned on me how writers can learn from Lucille Ball and her quest to be humorous. Practice makes perfect. It's a simple concept.
She practiced her lines, hours upon hours in the mirror, folks. Her character, facial expressions, animation, reactions, and pacing. She observed herself over and over, until she reached perfection. The ultimate product. Amusement. Her goal was to make the audience laugh, and she did.
The best LOL moment this morning (and there were lots) was the scene when she practiced in the mirror for the Vitameatavegamin episode.
Practicing her facial expressions for lines such as, "Do you poop out at parties?" & "It's so tasty, too!" were priceless.
Here's the YouTube video for the scene from the show itself. Observe her facial expressions, character, pacing, reactions and animation. Pure genius.
Lucille Ball had talent, but she had to practice to be perfect, to master her craft.
We writers can learn from her practice. We write over and over. Revise, read aloud, perfect word choice, study character, voice, pacing, and tone. We write until we achieve perfection, master our craft. The ultimate product. Story. Our goal is to craft a story someone will adore.
All it takes is practice. Determination. The ability to see our goals, latch onto them, and never let go.
Look into the mirror (sit at your keyboard), practice those lines (rewrite until you master it), and make people laugh (produce a superb story).
Happy writing & have fun doing it, y'all~