• Karl

Writing Gags

This is an unusual post in the respect that no new art is being shown. Except the header, so I guess I'm a big fat liar in that respect.

But what this post is really about is my writing process and how I am so lucky to be able to write it where I do.

Each cartoonist goes about the tricky business of churning out gags in many and varied ways. Some brew pot loads of coffee, grab a note book and scribble away, others sit on a sofa and doodle until the muse is upon them. Many sit at their boards and scratch their heads and stare at a blank piece of paper until Eureka jumps up and down in front of them.

Some take an easier route and employ writers.

But all are fine, if that's the way it works for you. For my part I like to go out into the countryside, walk and have little conversations with my characters. Sometimes they talk back, sometimes they just want to be left alone. But either way, I'm very lucky to live where I do and to be able to spend so much of my time out and about in this breath taking scenery, and call it work.

This post was inspired by yesterday's gag writing trip. It was while I was looking around me that I thought: 'Why not share this with my readers. Let them take a look at one of the many hundreds of offices I get to walk around and write in around here, and that just happen to be on my doorstep'.

So next time you think 'where does he get his ideas from', you'll know.

On a final point, today was a stunning day, but it's not always this nice. But even when it's cold or raining, it's still beauty beyond comparison, just in a different way.

I hope you liked this post and have had a good look around the site at the many others. I have plenty of exciting projects on and plan many more ideas for the Cartoonist Diary website and blog and I would love to have you come along for the ride. If you like the sound of that, then please sign up below and get a link emailed to you every time I post something new.


All artwork and the written word are copyright Karl Dixon