Writing humor is hard work, but it’s popular. If you sprinkle your writing with humor, readers will enjoy it. An elderly friend of mine told me she laughed out loud several times while reading Once A Priest. (I hope she wasn’t laughing at my writing style)
Here are some suggestions about humor that I like. There are many, many more:
- Ask WHAT IF:
- What if alphabet soup consistently spelled out obscene words?
- Pick an object in your room and ask WHAT IF – exaggerate away.
- The K sound: Words with K in them are funny: Alka Seltzer, Cleveland, (Maryland is not funny), Chicken. Why is this? Is it that K sounds were cooed to us as babies?
- Clichés: Clichés from one activity that can apply to another. (the heart patient refused the transplant saying he’d already had a change of heart.– Carlin)
- Yogi-Berras: (“I want to win 100 or 105 games – whichever comes first.”)
- The Simple Truth: (Call me a taxi. Okay, you’re a taxi)
- Alter or Transpose the words: (I’m not as think as you stoned I am.)
- Realism. I once tried to write for Mad Magazine. I sent idea after idea to them without success. Finally I sent them a piece and asked them to tell me why, if they rejected it.
Advice to Ed Griffin from Charlie Kadau of MAD Magazine: We’re returning your piece. Your situations and examples do not have that certain ring of truth to them which we value so highly. Most or our humor is that which uses reality as its foundation or starting point and takes off from there.
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