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  • Writer's pictureZack Dictakis

[SACRED VS PROFANE]

Updated: Jan 6

This can be an extremely useful exercise both to generate behavioral comedy and to test the strength of your existing premise.


SACRED

Any situation with a set of expected behaviors.


PROFANE

Any behavior that is inappropriate for that specific situation.


The sacred thing can be literally anything. So to drive home the point let's say it's scooping poop out of the cat's litter box.


EXPECTED BEHAVIOR

There's an expected set of behaviors when you scoop the litter box.

  • Holding breath.

  • Using a scoop.

  • Washing hands.

  • Throwing out the waste.

There are more, but you can list those yourself for fun.


PROFANE BEHAVIOR

Now try to list behaviors that counter the expected ones.

  • Breathing in the smells with a sweet smile.

  • Using your hands to pick out the poop.

  • Licking your hands in between scoops.

  • Using the waste to sculpt a life-size replica of your cat and putting it next to the box because it might help with her diagnosed depression.

Again, there are more, and you can find them!

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