March 18, 2009

Humor is not that hard to write

Filed under: humor — unwriter1 @ 12:42 pm

‘Full Flavor Box’; Uh, do they make half flavor boxes? Maybe they come in Cherry or watermelon. Ok, I admit this notice was on a pack of cigarettes, but are you expected to eat the box when it’s empty? Sorry, but boxes tend to be rather bland. Let’s try something else. Where I live we have a street called Glass Road. There is no glass plant on that road and I sure don’t want to see any broken glass on it. If it were made of glass, wouldn’t it crack in the winter? These are just a couple of simple examples of humor around us.

I’ve heard that humor is supposed to be hard to write, but it is all around us. Read the signs on trucks, or even some of the sale signs. A real good example of a word meaning one thing but easily twisted is: “Honey, I need to get bread.” How would the average guy hear that if spoken a bit too loud in the grocery store? Would he hear bread, or bred? Humor is nothing more than transposing one word for its homonym, like bred for bread. Look at common words used in unusual ways. Are roads really made of glass?

Another way is to just use the initials. For example: one-way, if the initials are used you come up with OW. If you go the wrong way, the results could be OW. Ok, bad example but it’s past my naptime. Some signs are just plain funny. ‘Slow Children Crossing’; Ok, where do fast children cross? How about deer crossing? Do deer read?

It isn’t what you say that’s funny, it’s how you interpret and rephrase what you see around you. Not everyone can see coffee cups arguing over the type of coffee, or dishes complaining about stains. But a story can be lightened up with an occasional twist of words. In a very tense moment in a story, ease the pressure with a sentence or two that may not be rib tickling funny, but yet in a humorous vein. Then as your reader settles back, comfortable that the suspense is over, end the suspense scene with something dramatic.

There are many ways to add humor, even to nonfiction work. Drop me a line if you are interested in learning more. Ron, my email is: unwriter@yahoo.com.



  1. Cute, Ron Twain! I enjoyed this! Keep up the wonderful humor!

    Comment by Carol — March 18, 2009 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. I love writing with humor, and you’re right, it’s all around us everyday – all in the perspective. Good pointers here today, Ron!

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — March 18, 2009 @ 1:05 pm | Reply

  3. True, Humor does have its uses. As long as you make an effort to insert some, readers usually pick up on it and give you the benefit of the doubt.

    Morgan Mandel

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — March 18, 2009 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  4. Actually humor takes some intelligence… to write and, unfortunately, to understand. Some are able to transcend geographical barriers, but tell a joke to an Indian or Pakistani and he will continue to blink and grin. I know for I keep trying at my gas station.

    Comment by Spider — March 18, 2009 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  5. Humor is all around us if we but take the blinder off and see it. If we keep the blinders on then we could run in to it and others could laugh.


    Comment by ahartson53@gmail.com — March 18, 2009 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  6. You are correct about humor being all around us–but some people (like me??) see the strangest things as funy–and others don’t often “get it”.

    Comment by Joyce A. Anthony — March 19, 2009 @ 1:43 am | Reply

  7. Great job Ron, I love word humor.

    Comment by apb148 — March 23, 2009 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

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