During a writing workshop led by the fabulous Melissa Yi (emergency room doctor and writer, because both are so easy), she proposed finding humour by turning hate into love.
Here’s how it works: Think of a situation, and name three things you hate about it. Perhaps a ride on a municipal bus, for example.
- I hate when a bus is late, so I have to stand outside and wait.
- I hate when people hold long, loud telephone conversations on a bus. I especially hate when they use speakerphone.
- I hate when someone falls asleep and snores.
You’re with me? All those things are contemptible. But Melissa suggested I should flip that into love.
- I love when the bus is late, because it gives me time to have a conversation with a neighbour and hear all about his prostate operation.
- I love when people hold loud, long telephone conversations, because it gives me good dialogue tips for the annoying characters in my stories. And speakerphone gives me both sides of the conversation. Two annoying characters at once!
- I love when someone falls asleep and snores. It keeps me awake so I don’t miss my stop.
Here’s your challenge for the day. Turn some hate into love. You might laugh, and you’ll for sure find some gratitude.