Adding humor to a writing may sound easy but the truth is that it’s a big challenge that some writers simply cannot fulfill. Indeed, there a lot of things to consider before you can make a funny statement in your writing. That’s why here are the eight tips to help you do it.
Stop worrying about what other people think.
If you are an extrovert, then you are one step ahead. It will be easier to write something funny if we stop thinking of what would people say. Try to write as if you are just talking and throwing jokes with friends.
The Element of surprise.
According to research made by Jerry Corley of the Stand-Up Comedy Clinic, the surprise is the number one element that triggers human laughter. People like surprises whether it’s a material, words or emotion. Try to hit them with a line that is something unexpected.
Humor in conclusion.
In an interview with Gene Weingarten, Dave Barry said, “Put the funniest word at the end of a sentence.” and “Put the funniest sentence at the beginning of the story.”
Write good metaphors and similes.
Get creative with metaphors and similes as this is probably the easiest thing to do to make funny statements or sentence.
Terrye Toombs at “The Adventures of a Misplaced Alaskan” is really good at this. Here are some examples from her blog.
“That went over like a fart in church…”
“And we weren’t the only ones sent out for the day like non-housebroken puppies.”
“So, like a monkey with OCD, every five minutes, you find your monitor displaying the latest statistics for your blog.”
Don’t get embarrassed when sharing something. Be honest, People can relate to it. Talk about the stupid things you do. People love this kind of props. When you look like a fool, people laugh.
Include random facts and details.
Add some random facts that sound funny, like for example adding this fact to your stories or statement “If you consistently fart for 6 years & 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb!” Just make sure it is related to your stories, topic, paragraph, or sentences.
Details are funny
Details can help people figure out what was happening to your stories, and they can make boring sentences alive and funny. For example, you can say, “when he was walking towards me, he fell into the pit of boogart” instead of just saying “he fell into the canal while walking towards me”.
Obvious exaggeration or lies
Making an exaggerated statement and obvious lies are funny. Here is an example;
“I hate when people see me at the market and ask, Hey! What are you doing here? and I’m just like oh you know, hunting a zebra.”