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Writing humor is subjective and challenging - thankfully, there are many ways to create it. "How to Write Funny" provides advice, insights and humor from more than twenty writers with a gift for making readers laugh.In a diverse collection of articles and interviews, both classic and new, this esteemed group of writers, including Dave Barry, Bill Bryson and Jennifer CrusieWriting humor is subjective and challenging - thankfully, there are many ways to create it. "How to Write Funny" provides advice, insights and humor from more than twenty writers with a gift for making readers laugh.In a diverse collection of articles and interviews, both classic and new, this esteemed group of writers, including Dave Barry, Bill Bryson and Jennifer Crusie, provides different viewpoints on how humor works on the page, whether in short stories, memoirs, novels or articles. You'll learn the principles and basic forms of comedy, when to break the rules of reason, the importance of being yourself, why you should stop trying to hard to be funny, and how to write for specific genres and audiences.You'll also sit in on a special roundtable discussion featuring P.J. O'Rourke, Mark Leyner, Maggie Estep and James Finn Garner, as well as a one-of-a-kind "how-to" workshop conducted by funny lady and best-selling author Jennifer Crusie.You've got a sense of humor. You've got the will to write. Combining the two, and getting it right, will bring a smile to your face and a chuckle to your readers....

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ISBN : 9781582970547
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Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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  • Andrea Huelsenbeck
    2018-11-10 10:28

    One of my goals for 2016 was to put humor into my writing. (Still working on that.) I asked my critique group if anyone knew a book on writing humor, and my friend Betty offered to lend me her copy of How to Write Funny, edited by John B. Kachuba.Sticky notes and tabs stuck out of Betty’s book, passages on many pages were either underlined or highlighted, and the margins held scribbled notes. I began reading with a notebook and pen close by. After I’d read two pages, I already had a page of notes. I knew then I needed my own copy.Today, my book is heavily annotated, adorned with different colored stickies, and whole sections are starred for further review and reference.How to Write Funny is a collection of twelve essays by different authors, some of whom I’m familiar with, and others I’d never heard of. Also included are fifteen interviews and a roundtable panel. Jennifer Crusie also contributed a comedy “workshop,” complete with exercises I’m planning to try.To give you an idea of the scope of the book, here are some random quotes I underlined in my copy:Ґ “The comic point of view is essentially that of the stranger or alien.” (David Bouchier)Ґ “…people laugh at two things: surprise and misfortune.” (J. Kevin Wolfe)Ґ “Exaggerating the literal truth, if it’s done well, shows us the emotional truth of a situation.” (Connie Willis)Ґ “Humor observes, analyzes and comments on the human condition.” (Esther M. Friesner)Ґ “…the day I walked the entire length of the English Department at Ohio State University with my skirt caught in my panty hose, wearing no underwear. And nobody I passed said a word.” (Jennifer Crusie)Ґ “…column humor comes in only five forms: 1. The anecdote 2. The one-line joke 3. Overstatement 4. Understatement 5. Ironic truth” (Mel Helitzer)Ґ “At its best, humor evokes humane laughter at the universality of worldly frailities.” (Patricia Case)Ґ “You can probably skewer a politician or personal injury lawyer with abandon, but you should be gentle when mocking the common man.” (Dinty Moore)Ґ “…imagine what’s in the cupboard of a serial killer.” (Lee K. Abbott)Ґ “Jokes are poetry…a joke is always succinct.” (Sherman Alexie)Ґ “…real humor has to come from the same place your passion, your fear and your obsessions come from: your parents.” (Tom Bodett)Ґ “…people laugh when they have the shock of recognizing the familiar under an unexpected light.” (Andrei Codrescu)Ґ “For me, humor can fail if it’s ‘mean,’ if [it] is vengeful or sexist or defensive.” (Denise Duhamel) The authors of the segments mentioned some of the same humorists over and over: S.J. Perelman, James Thurber, P.G. Wodehouse, Calvin Trillin, and Erma Bombeck. I bought some books by each of these authors, and I found them dated and unfunny—even Bombeck, who delighted me in the 1970s and 80s. How to Write Funny came out in 2001. I guess 16 years is old in comedy years.Nevertheless, I recommend this book for writers who wish they were funny.

  • Nayad Monroe
    2018-11-07 16:49

    This collection of essays and interviews on the subject of writing humor covers a lot of suggestions for how to be funny, and also a fair amount of doubt that it's possible to teach people how to be funny, so there are mixed messages to be found here. The suggestions seem like useful things to try, and it's interesting to see the different perspectives on what humor is and how to approach it. Connie Willis and Esther Friesner bring in specifics about humor in science fiction and fantasy. Reading this book might not immediately transform your writing into the hilarity of the ages, but if you already have a sense of humor, it should enhance your understanding of the way it works. Don't let my dry analysis turn you away. ;)

  • John G.
    2018-11-05 15:50

    I'm a stand-up comedian, and I found this book to be incredibly helpful and insightful, not so much in the sense of instructing me how to write a joke or perform on stage, but about understanding what humor is and why people laugh. This book is great for helping you figure out where to look for the funny, incredibly literate and insightful analysis into humor and comedy This book is geared more towards humorists than it is comics, but I found it to be one of the most helpful examinations of humor that I've read, a very good pickup indeed!

  • James
    2018-10-20 18:45

    Another in the Writer's Digest series; well put together, but humor is harder to teach than other aspects of writing, and often when someone dissects it to try to see how it works, the laughter dies on the operating table. Still, this book contains a lot of good advice from some of the funniest writers (I think, anyway) working today, e.g. Dave Barry, Sherman Alexie, Andrei Codrescu, and a long list of others.

  • Steve
    2018-10-24 12:42

    Parts of this book were entertaining, and worth the price for the amount of information that I received. However, much of this book simply did not have value for me (fiction writer recommendations don't help for non-fiction writers). The best value of this book for me was the result that I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to achieve with my writing. This book became a platform for my thinking, and that experience was valuable.

  • Missjgray
    2018-10-20 10:28

    look out world, here I come!This collection of essays proves that it really is not funny to talk about funny. A few good commonplaces to take away, good analysis and deconstruction for practice putting storyline and anecdotes back together. The best essay in the bunch was by Jennifer Crusie about the differences between male and female humor. Now, for my next trick...

  • Kay Hudson
    2018-11-10 15:48

    Interesting collection of articles and interviews dealing with all sorts of humorous writing: fiction, non-fiction, essays and articles, even poetry. More about humor than craft. General view is that humor comes more from the author's (and character's) worldview than from technique.

  • Raditya Dika
    2018-11-03 10:25

    this collection of essays on comedy writing is not an intended step-by-step workshop kind of book. it's more deeper, designed to answers the ultimate question in life: what makes me laugh?

  • Dan
    2018-11-04 10:24

    The interviews with Alexie, Bryson, and Barry at the end of the book are good, but a lot of the essays at the beginning were repetitive, and simplistic. Don't read the whole thing.

  • Lauri Meyers
    2018-10-23 12:36

    John offers excellent tips, lists, and exercises to improve your humor game!

  • Bill Lalonde
    2018-10-21 11:30

    Something of a mixed bag. Interesting bits, but nothing spectacular.