Very Serious Tips for Writing Funny Stories
Honing and developing your skills in writing funny stories to make people laugh
Humor, jokes, and funny stories are a big part of every person’s daily life—whether you are making small conversation with the barista at your favorite coffee shop, entertaining your kids, or trying to impress your boss. There is that desire to laugh and see the positive side of things is inherent in people. Laughing helps ease tension and anxiety to promote a bond. These are very good reasons to blend in humor in your stories.
It is said that one of the hardest things to write is writing funny stories. However, just like any other skill, it is also skill that anyone can hone with effort. Here are some very serious pointers on how to write funny stories:
Create and use your own material
There’s nothing funny about copying materials from other authors. The best way to capture your reader’s funny bone is to present them fresh jokes. Or you can use old funny stories, but you should put new twists on them. Take note of things that you say that makes people laugh. Try if you can include it in the story you are working on.
Study and analyze funny passages from other authors and comedians
What makes a passage funny to the readers? Study and analyze why certain passages are funny. Break down the elements of humor. Once you understand the nuances of how to deliver jokes or how to write funny stories, you will be better in delivering your own.
The rule of three
If you started giving more attention on how to deliver funny stories or lines that make people laugh, you will notice that most have a similar rhythm. Most are told or written in similar cadence or pattern. The idea of the rule of three is simple. First, you try to set a pattern in your reader’s mind, reinforce it, and then throw them off when they least expected it. For example, you write, “Joey likes solving math equations. He enjoys adding, subtracting, dividing numbers . . . and getting his answers wrong.”
Exaggerate real life stories
Sometimes, life can be stranger than fiction. You can use your experiences, your friends, or other people’s funny experience because there are no funnier stories than funny events that really happened. Exaggerate them to add more punch to your story. For instance, you can use hyperbole to describe how you slipped on the floor while saying hi to your boss.
Look out for the elements
One thing that can lessen the effectivity of your funny stories is when your writing becomes predictable. Always remember that your delivery of your jokes and funny stories is very important. Try to use varied ways to present your stories, change your tone of writing, or make your sentences shorter or longer. Be more unpredictable to catch your readers off guard when you deliver your punchlines.
Does it make you laugh?
Now, you ask, “How will I know if my stories are funny?” One way to test your jokes is to become your own audience or reader. Although humor is very subjective, it can also be universal. If what you wrote makes you laugh, it will also most likely tickle your readers.
These are just some of the many tips on how to hone your skill in writing funny stories. Always remember not to overuse humor in your writing. Make sure that the funny parts of your story don’t overshadow what your main message is.
Writing funny stories can be hard at first. However, if you continue to practice and study, you will surely improve. If you have more ideas or questions about writing funny stories, put in your comments below and we’ll try to talk about it. If you want to discuss the topic further, you can always connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can also check out my book, Quasar, and see how I seamlessly made my jokes become part of the story.
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