Some weeks I notice a listing in a city magazine for a group within the city called "Wit & Writing for Women" and I wonder about going to their meetings. I'm not sure that it's a good idea. I will try to explain why.
Occasionally I write or say a funny thing. And that's nice. But I am not always in a humourous frame of mind. I'm also good at cranky and depressive/ing states. And I'm not always (or even often) bold and outgoing. I can still be the person who sits silently in a group situation staring at my hands until someone says "I wonder why Joanne didn't show up" and then people realize I did. If I go to one of these meetings on a night when I'm kind of quiet and keeping to myself, how can I show people that I belong in a group where people display their wit? I can just imagine me sitting there, quiet and defensive, and someone kindly offering me tea. I'll blurt out that I like coffee better, sympathy will turn to dislike, and pretty soon their drop-in fee for visitors will become their refunded fee for people they never want to see again. I wouldn't find that a very humourous experience.
I wonder how this group typically welcomes new members. Don't a lot of people feel nervous when they go somewhere for the first time? How does one become comfortable enough to be funny in such a situation? Maybe they give people time before they have the big "funny" test. Six months might be good. If they supply enough resource materials, I could probably pass.
I will keep thinking about going to one of these meetings. I don't think I'm ready right now for all the things that could go wrong. My discomfort might provide some entertainment for the members though. That's one way I could make them laugh.