Lately I've been feeling a little worn out about my writing, like I'm slogging through the swamp. That's why I have a new writing hero for inspiration.
Fozzie Bear! (Cue music: da da da DA da da DAAA!)
My kids have been watching old Muppet Show episodes. They're irresistible. Gonzo was my favorite growing up because I felt like a weird kid. But Fozzie, now, he won't stop working on his craft. No matter what! Everyone in the world can criticize him, he just keeps going.
Yeah, Statler and Waldorf, it's easy to criticize!
You'd think with all that heckling, Fozzie would stop asking for ways to improve, but no. He asks Kermit for a list of his good points and bad points.
Fozzie (reading list): Oh, no! You don't ... well, I guess I could see how you could think that. Okay, okay, I can improve this. Show me the good points now.
Kermit: Uh, those were the good points.
So when you're feeling heckled and wondering if anyone will ever get your jokes, when you feel like you've revised the "Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" sketch twenty times over and it's still not reading right, when you feel like giving up because what you thought was great just isn't and you're afraid to find out what people think of what you thought was merely good ... go watch the Muppet Show.
Aw, I think I want to buy a Fozzie teddy bear to hug now.
-- Kate, Miss Perfecting the Pages