The other day my daughter was telling me and her two brothers a story about her school assembly. Since it was kind of late at night and it had been a long day I was only half listening. The story consisted of a kid yelling out something during the assembly. I don't know what it was or in what context, but the next line out of my daughters mouth was too funny.
"And to make the story funnier - he was small."
It wasn't so much the second part that made me laugh, it was the "and to make the story funnier." Me and my sons just sort of stared at each other before chuckling, which made her very happier.
But that's really the key isn't it. You start off with a story, a first draft if you will, but then you needto make the story funnier, sadder, deeper, just better. Even if it means making the main character small.
Bonus - Real Teenage Boy Pick Up Lines
(courtesy of my 14 year old)
One of his friends collected hot sauce from taco bell and kept it in his pocket for a dance. He'd walk up to girls and say "I'd give you some hot sauce, but you're already hot."
"If you were a sandwich at McDonald's you'd be the McGorgeous.
I think my kids exist strictly for my entertainment or to test my patience.