My name is Doug, and I write super bad stories on my blog. The stories I write are made for fun with the hopes of making my audience laugh. Some of them can get pretty whacky and usually by the time I’m done writing I’m in a much better mood than when I started.
I start with a big old cup of coffee to get my mind racing.
I sit my bum down on the couch in my office and get nice and relaxed. I browse through different writing prompts or story generators to get a little inspiration and to get in the mindset of story creation, and then once I get a spark I run with it.
Although my posts are humorous and totally not serious, I try to mix in a little bit of writing
where I’m actually putting in an effort to make it interesting. I feel the mix of crazy shenanigans and serious writing makes my work readable, yet fun at the same time. I absolutely love to go against the “rules” of writing, although I do it with intention and timing to try to bring out a laugh.
I hold a torch to lavish words and share them with the peasants, knowing that fame and fortune will assume their rightful place under my hand. Just kidding. I don’t have any grand goals for my blog,
I really just love sharing my silly stories in hope that I can brighten somebody’s day.
The nice thing about my blog is that it’s great and everyone loves it. Whoops, freudian slip. I should say:
The thing I like most about my blog is that it’s straight up called Bad Short Stories, so there’s no confusing what to expect.
I don’t feel the pressure to impress anybody. Eventually I will start to post short stories with more conscious effort to be good as I grow as a writer, but for now I’m having so much fun with writing bad.
Either way people aren’t coming in expecting much and that’s just how I like it.
Although my stories very much go against the grain of how to write good fiction, I’m still learning many things while I write. With plans of writing a novel one day, I try to think about the serious side of writing even while I’m producing outlandish tales. I keep in mind what makes a story interesting, and
I think that putting a focal point on bad writing really helps me keep an eye out for it when I get serious.
I still think about how I can add conflict to my story, or how I can create stakes or mysteries.
Bad Short Stories is being given all of my attention for now. I hope to see new readers come to visit my site and I can’t wait to see the fiction they write on their blogs as well. I would like to get more involved in the blogging community, and I don’t give fake likes or comments. I’m always honest when I tell somebody I like their story, as I feel that’s really what people deserve.
I’m no good at endings, so to end this little bio about me, here’s a picture of me naked…
…Oh, we’re not doing that? Okay, nevermind.
I suppose I’ll just answer some interview questions instead. How about we make a compromise, I’ll write out my answers while I’m naked…Still no huh? Okay fine I’ll go put on some pants.
How did your blog start?
I wrote a bunch of free writing type stories just for fun one day, and thought to myself “Who could I hold down and force to read this?” The answer of course was nobody because I don’t want to go to prison. Instead I decided to start a blog where people might happen upon my stories and share a laugh with me.
2. What’s the most fun part of writing a short story? What about the least fun?
I feel like I can share my personality best while writing funny stories. I can be my whacky self and hide behind my computer if somebody doesn’t like it. I would say the least fun part is all the worry that goes on when I hit the publish button.
What inspires you?
Oh man, if you can figure out where all the gratuitous swearing and odd ideas come from I think my psychiatrist would like to know that too.
What’s one thing that completely sends you off the rails while writing?
Sometimes I get so involved with what’s going on in my head for a story that I don’t even realize I’ve wandered into the backyard.
I tend to pace a lot when I’m coming up with ideas.
It doesn’t help when I get my eureka moment while I’m far away from a writing device,
as I can forget before I can run back into my office to write it down.
5. If writing suddenly made you rich and famous, what would you do?
I would giggle and toot all the way to the bank. No actually I think I would buy a nice little double wide mobile home, something easy to maintain. It would need a nice big office though for me to do my writing. I would probably use my fame and fortune to help out new authors work their way up the ladder with their writing too.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always written on and off my whole life, since I was a little kid. I’ve always enjoyed it, but never felt I had what it takes to write something good. Recently the reason I’ve taken it up again is that I realized I don’t really care if it’s good anymore. I should just do it because I enjoy doing it. This is why writing for Bad Short Stories has been so fun, there’s no expectation for greatness.
Most writers are a bit shy. Is that how your friends would describe you (shy), or do you have your readers fooled?
I once lead an army into battle with my great charisma I’ll have you know! I suppose I’m an introvert. You won’t be able to shut me up once I get talking about something I’m passionate about though. I’m learning to recognize that glazed over look in my girlfriend’s eyes as I yammer on and on.
Which is the more important of these two: write drunk, edit sober?
Write drunk. With the lights off. And in your underwear. Okay I promise I don’t do that last one. Inebriation can really let the words flow sometimes, but I feel it’s important to not let it become a crutch you need for creativity. I don’t drink much, but when I do I absolutely love coming up with silly stories.
What advice can you give to new writers?
Write no matter how bad it is! Don’t be afraid to produce garbage, if anything I say have fun making the garbage. Take it from me, the most prominent writer in history (according to my mom anyways).
Where is your favorite place to write?
I’m kind of a setting snob. I really need to be in the right spot to come up with interesting ideas. Most would probably say I should get over this and learn to do it anywhere. I suppose that’s true but I just can’t shake the fact that I do better writing while I’m in my office at home. There’s a nice comfy couch and coffee table where I feel most relaxed. I’m in the process of constructing a desk to do my writing as well. I think I like the space because it’s very minimalistic and tidy, so there’s not much to distract me while I’m writing.
Doug, thanks for an entertaining post!
Gang, stop over to Doug’s place, Bad Short Stories, and have a few chuckles. I do.
The world needs more smiles.