How to Write A Very Funny Story About Yourself

Do any of you remember hanging out with friends and playing with Mad Lib books when you were a kid? I loved it, and several years ago when I was working with a group of rather grim middle-schoolers, I decided that this might be a way to shake them out of their youthful angst.

I have recreated the game here, and if you have any ‘kid-ness’ left in you, I invite you to play along. Here are the questions, write your answers on a sheet of paper, and be honest! No looking ahead unless you are hopelessly adult. If so, you lose a turn.

List Your Favorite Things

Your First Name (this is called ‘student’ later on):____________

Favorite Date:_____________________________________

Favorite First Name:_________________________________

Favorite Animal: ___________________________________

Favorite Tree: _____________________________________

Favorite Sound: ___________________________________

Favorite Number: __________________________________

Favorite Object: ___________________________________

Favorite 1st Color: _________________________________

Favorite 2nd Color: _________________________________

Favorite Texture: __________________________________

Favorite Food: ____________________________________

Favorite Bird:_____________________________________

Next, to do this right, print off this whole blog page, but don’t read ahead!  Find a friend and ask them to just write your answers in the blanks on the printed story. Don’t read the story yet.

When all the blanks are filled in, your friend can read you the best story you have ever heard because it includes twelve things you really like. Are you smiling yet?

Tomorrow I will post my favorite-things story. Stay tuned!

Your Story:


About Bobbie Herron

I sit here in my loft studio, surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, journals- wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. I am the fourth generation of journal-keeping women, starting in 1862, and I have read their words and between their lines. This blog was inevitable: thoughts on the unsung glory of women whose lives were recorded and transformed through their writing and art.
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