We have all heard how important it is to connect with the reader. We as authors try to do that through all kinds of ways. One of the most successful is through humor. Here are six tips on how to make the reader laugh by inserting humor into your writing.
I stole some of these ideas from humorist and author of “Is your Glass Laugh Full”, Ronald P. Culberson, MSN. ESP.
1—Keep a humor journal
Whenever you hear or think of something funny, write it down before you forget it.
2—Take notes from around your life
At the end of the day think about what’s been happening, look for the funny parts. Write them down.
3—Write funny material and make it funnier
Insert opposites, exaggerate, and add ridiculous images. Use strike throughs.
4—Write serious material and make it funnier
Remember in Harry Potter, when the giant spider was going to eat the wizard child, by a wave of the magic wand he suddenly got roller skates on all his feet and started flopping around the floor. Scary to hilarious with just a magic word!
5—Watch funny shows
Watch shows like Jon Stewart and Comedy Central, and movies with Charlie Chaplin, Eddie Murphy and Groucho Marx and other funny actors in them. They will show you what’s funny to you and others and when you stop laughing dissect the funny parts and see what made them funny.
6—Read Humor writers
David Sedaris, Bill Cosby, Paul Harvey, Allen Klein, Art Buchwald, Al Franken, and Steven Wright come to mind. Read cartoons and comic strips. What tickles your funny bone with these characters? Can you duplicate it? Read a newspaper that is all comics called the ‘Funny Times.” Look for their web page at www.funnytimes.com.
Humor is one of the basic ways authors connect with the reader. If an author can use emotion to appeal to the reader you are one step closer to getting him to suspend disbelief and continue to read your masterpiece.
What are some ways you have used humor to connect with the reader? What are some tips and tricks you have used to find humor in your life?