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ACK! I was a terrible subject for this experiment. 😂Just couldn't get to the prompts each day - HOWEVER - I have saved all 14 posts and plan to visit them whenever I need a humor writing jumpstart. I do think the fact that this was happening in the background for me knocked loose a pesky block I was having with humor writing in general. It had been MONTHS since my last bit of snark on Stock Fiction. And I finally broke the seal last week: https://stockfiction.substack.com/p/viva-virality

Thank you for doing this! I will absolutely sign on to do another one with you and your readers in the future. It's been a fantastic way to meet other funny people in addition to being a creative boost for me. 💜

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So happy to hear it knocked a block loose and I think just going back to the prompts in your own time is a good plan!

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Feb 2Liked by Julie Vick

Loved doing this, thanks for putting it together and getting me back in a humor writing mode. (And thanks for sharing my joke!)

I'll add to the poll above - if I could have selected both in that third question I would have. 100 words a day seems perfect for 14 days...the other one could be a shorter period of time. What's that? 1 challenge a month in 2025? Seems like a lot of work but it's a great idea...

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Happy to hear that and good to know on that poll. Ha, I know, I could see a bunch of different possiblities but don't have the time to do them all probably. I feel like it could be something like write a short humor piece in a week but I'm trying to think about it.

And I like the idea of something that is a bit more word count but not too much. In any event, appreciate the thoughts!

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Awww thanks for sharing mine! I finished the challenge a week late but it was a great motivator for my rusty humor muscles

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Of course and glad to hear it helped with the rusty humor muscles!

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Feb 5Liked by Julie Vick

I was expecting something a little different to be honest, I thought it was going to be more one liners and take less time, so I didn’t finish it. However the prompts I did were mostly really helpful (one was a little confusing) and I plan to get through the rest now that I get what’s going on and how much time I need.

I am working on a technology-related project so the prompts were fun to look at a technology lens. I did write one of my new favorite lines “Google like no one is advertising.” Thank you for your work on this!

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That’s good to know — and I could see doing a version of it where the prompts are all short/fast, I feel like there are different potentials for tweaking it which I’m thinking about a bit more. Appreciate the thoughts and that’s a great line!

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It was a blast! Both writing the lines and reading other people's! Thank you so much for this midwinter pick-me-up Julie--and yes, let's do it again!

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Thanks, Elise. Glad to hear that!

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I loved the low-pressure form of this challenge! It gave me something to work on when I was very busy procrastinating. I could definitely do this multiple times per year!

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It is very important to have procrastination projects! That's good to know on frequency, I need to give it a bit more thought on when/how it might be good to run it again.

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Quarterly could be fun! Or a biannual humor challenge. I’ll keep an eye out regardless of frequency. This gave my writing practice a light boost when things were feeling… January. Thanks for hosting it!

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Of course! I've been thinking in quarterly terms lately so I could see that being good. Ha, it helped me with my case of the Januaries too :)

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Thank you for this prompt to share HOW AWESOME 👏🏼 your Humor challenge was for me. With zero comedic training, but a vague sense that people were often laughing at me, I dove in wholeheartedly. To state the obvious (my superpower) there are many ways to evoke humor. The best part? I felt more brave and inspired to write funny lines for my posts. 🙏🏼 Such a gift.

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I'm happy to hear that and it was fun to see your jokes each day!

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I loved this challenge -- I have all the prompts saved and, no joke, I went back to them just today to help add some punch to a piece I'm working on. I could have gone more weeks in a row, absorbing the prompts and seeing what came up. If you did it again, I'd 100% sign up. And next time I'm going to push myself to comment / share. (Baby steps.) Thank you, Julie, for doing this.

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Thank you for running this, Julie! It was so inspiring and fun to connect with other writers!

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Of course -- glad to hear that!

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Thanks for the shout out! It was a fun challenge!

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Of course and it was great to see all your responses to the prompts!

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I loved this challenge. I told my mom about it and she said, “How can you teach someone to be funny?” Julie, you shared great tools and lessons. This was so fun. 🥰🤣

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Yay! Happy to hear that :)

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I loved this challenge. I didn't complete all the days, but the prompts have given me lots of ways to play with getting more humor into my work. It also showed me how mundane my life is - all my material seemed to be based on grocery shopping, the weather, or struggling to get my kid out of bed. hahahahaha, I need to get out more!

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Ha! I actually think jokes about the everday mundane things can be great because they are so relatable. This is one of my favorite Onion headline about a mundane thing: https://www.theonion.com/man-brings-lunch-from-home-to-cut-down-on-small-joys-1819577433

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