Do you remember the TV show “Batman?” I watched it all the time during it’s short 3 season run from 1966-1968. (Yes, I am old. Born in 1961…do the math.) I stumbled upon the reruns of it on a local TV station the other night, and now have something really fun to share with my kids. We all love it!
As I watched it, I marveled at the scriptwriting. The lines are completely cheesy and campy, the kind of dialog that makes you groan and giggle simultaneously. But as a speaker, I found myself drawn in to the creativity of it. The writers liberally used metaphors, rhyme and alliteration. “Viscous vile vines”. “Perfectly powerless petunias”. (Tonight’s episode had Louie the Lilac as the villain, so there were a lot of floral references.) It was brilliant!
I googled Batman because I wanted to learn more about the show, partly to relive my childhood, and partly because I can’t resist learning things. I found a section on Wikipedia that fascinated me. It was a list of the parodies and spoofs that were used in the series. Again, evidence of magnificent writing! As I read through it, I felt my own creativity start to spark! As a speaker, how do you use creativity in your writing? Look at some of these, as found in Wikipedia, that were used in Batman:
I don’t know about you, but those silly parodies STICK with me! They make me sit on the words for a minute and enjoy the humor or the twist. I mull it around, and play with in it my head. It sticks. THAT is BRILLIANT writing!
As a speaker, how do you add twists to your writing? How do you get your audience to remember your words, your point, your message? I’m not saying you should add parodies to your speeches. But I am saying that you can take some time to be creative to express a thought in a more unusual or unexpected way. Use word tools of a dictionary, a thesaurus, a rhyming dictionary. Think outside your box. Find a way to say more with less. (My struggle, for sure!) Take a lesson from the writers of Batman. Become a master wordsmith. And have your audience saying “Who was that masked man?”