In my college English classes, I was told there are two things most difficult to produce in writing—irony and humor. I can relate to the statement. There is a very fine line between humorous and corny. I know I think I’m funny, but am I really funny? Chances are good I’m just odd. That’s why it’s so hard to create humor in writing. But don’t fear. There are ways to turn a bland character into a funny one. I’ve created some steps that can tickle your inner giggle maker.
1. When you sit down to write, come with the right mindset. Don’t come to write focusing on the fact your husband left crumbs in the bed again, making you want to push him down a flight of stairs. You aren’t going to be writing very funny. Find things that make you laugh until your stomach hurts.
2. Use Swipefile for more information. No, this is not a place for plagiarizing. I would never, EVER recommend plagiarizing. This is a place for funny inspiration.
3. Think through the last things that made you smile. For example, today my rabbit, Noel, got so excited when he saw the salad he brought over he fell on his bottom and squirmed around like a turtle. He gave me this hurt look when he got up like I pushed him. Now I may not put this in a book, but I could use a similar experience in one. Family and pets can be pretty funny. But beware of bunnies. They always known what you’ve done.
4. What was the last thing you did which was funny? Use yourself and your mistakes as inspiration. This step will keep you from being the victim of a mad ax murder because Auntie Laura found out you used the time she got diarrhea at a gas station as a muse.
5. Play on a ridiculous trait. This is one of my favorite things to do because I am so OCD. I will only drink tea in a certain cup and don’t you dare touch my bed. I mean it. Don’t sit it it. Don’t look at it. I will kill you. So maybe you don’t want an oddball protagonist like me who is ready to bludgeon you with a laptop just because you sat on my sheets, but you could have a protagonist who refuses to eat red apples.
6. Timing is perfect. Sometimes. Use the right timing in your work. Even a single word can bring a smile to somebody’s face if you do it right.
And one last thing, the most important of all.
PET THE BUNNY!
About Stephanie Campbell
I am the published author of The Willow Does Not Weep, Racing Death, Case Closed, Mirror of Darkness, Hot Wheels, Dragon Night, Poachers, Dragon Night, Tasting Silver, Late but not Never, Specimen X, Tales of Draga, E is for Eternity, and P.S. I Killed My Mother. I have written another screenplay available, His Name was Dan Jose. My short story, The Beauty in Ugly, is being produced by Lower End Productions. I am represented by Sheri Williams of Red Writing Hood Ink.
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