There are many readers who are more likely to fall in love with a book when it reveals funny snippets. This does not necessarily mean writing a humor book. But getting readers laughs, even occasionally, can be an excellent formula for winning loyal fans.
Learning to Be Funny? As well?
I venture to say that being funny is a gift. So the expression “learning to be funny” seems to me incongruous. I say this because I believe that the grace of something is in its spontaneity. When we try to be funny, in many cases, we sound pathetic. And this occurs not only when we write. Are you going to say that you never had a friend who always wanted to be the funniest on the wheel, and always aroused the animosity of others?
This is a big problem: trying to be funny overloads the brain with the need to think of something strange and humorous. In many cases, this is not the best approach and can result in writer’s blocked creativity.
Therefore, many authors are guided by the following rule: do not be funny – simply write the truth in a fun way. Remember that comedy derives from the truth. So simplifying things may be the best approach for writing humorous text.
But still, if we’re going to try to set some criteria to be funny, maybe we can start with the following tips and principles.
Write Simple Form
Write simply, as if you were sending a good-humored email to a close friend. One must know how to use words well, but be careful not to sound academic. Very clear and exquisite words take the grace of a potential funny text.
Write About Situations With Which People Identify
An author can be funny simply by writing about everyday situations of our day, but that nobody (or few people) dared to comment. The less explored the ordinary subject, the better the impact. If someone reads your text and thinks, “Worse than that, ” chances are you’ll get a laugh out of it. So try to write funny chronicles about an aircraft mechanic stumped by his tasks will be extremely challenging, since most of us are not familiar with this professional routine. However, a humorous text about the psychological tension in trying to remember your password, when the ATM warns that the next error will result in cancellation of access to the card, you may find readers more enthusiastic, who think: “Worse it is anyway. ”
Write About Irritating Things
This brings us to another rule that I think is important: write about things that irritate you. Think about the text used by comedians in stand-up shows. The vast majority comment on mundane and extremely irritating matters. Your irritation may be an excellent thermometer to assess the potential of a subject to become a good funny chronicle or not.
Go to the extreme
Many subjects, being overly exploited, end up losing some of their humorous glow. If this is the case, try bringing the topic to extremes. If you are going to write about a character who needs to lose weight, do not go for the general plan. It’s better to be more specific and exaggerated. For example, write about a character who tries to lose weight without having to leave the front of the computer. Extremes usually offer a greater comic tendency than leaning only on absolute cliches.
Comparisons, metaphors, analogies – various features and figures of speech that can help you make your text funny. This type of resource opens up greater opportunities to get a reader to laugh. Instead of saying, “He walked slowly,” one might appeal to the figures of speech and turn it into: “He walked so slowly that he looked more like a slug with an inferiority complex” (okay, okay, not funny; I bet you can do better). The absurd analogy generates this incompatibility between the two objects of comparison. And it is precisely this incompatibility that can awaken the comic in what we write.