THEN MAY I RECOMMEND Jane Espenson's blog about writing and lunching?
YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE SOME KIND OF CRAZY PERSON not to read, enjoy, and profit from her good advice.
I HAPPEN TO BE AN ESPECIAL FAN of her recent post on the subject of punchline abuse:
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"I have it on good authority that no fewer than three of the new pilots for Fall series use "That went well" as a punchline. Nooooo! Have I accomplished nothing?!
I also hereby call clam on these mollusks:
"I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you."
"I said, 'good day, Sir!'"
Really, people, even in real life, don't use these! They're past their expiration date and they will make you ill. An excellent rule of thumb is "if you've read it, don't write it; if you've heard it, don't say it." Adapt it, sure. Or make fun of it if you want -- use it ironically. But don't expect a genuine laugh.
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But do read ON.
That is all.