CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The late Baltimore Sun columnist H.The late Baltimore Sun columnist H.L. Mencken once observed, "There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers."
In my tribute to Huffington Post-style odd-numbered self-help short lists, which appears in the space below, I hope to prove Mencken wrong: Some subjects can, in fact, be nearly as dull as their writers. Allow me to present . . .
"The 5 Habits of Highly Ineffective Humor Columnists"
Surround yourself with works by great humor columnists
It's always good to have a handy, reliable source of reader-tested ideas from which you can borrow ("plagiarize" is such an ugly word). Plus, you will have a constant reminder of the vast talent chasm that separates you from those in humor writing's big leagues.
Become a proactive procrastinator