“I could not tread these perilous paths in safety, if I did not keep a saving sense of humor.” -Horatio Nelson
“I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.” - Michael J. Fox
Writing humor isn’t easy. In my opinion, it is one of the most difficult genres there is. I don’t think you can learn it via a self-help book. I think it’s there nestled inside you at birth. It isn’t like buying a car. “I’ll take the Dodge with an upgrade of giggles.”
Books about writing funny (ha ha, not strange) range from known authors to psychiatrists. None of them ever tripped my trigger, but I’d like to know if any of our followers have tried to educate themselves via lessons. To me it seems they try too hard. And that kills the ride.
If I want to learn the funny side of writing, I have my Go To books, the examples that made me LOL.
Dave Barry. Pick a topic. Any subject and the man will make it a hilarious tale. He has a way of putting the reader on a well-traveled road then jerking you off to roller coast that you never saw coming.
Erma Bombeck. She’s been gone for a twenty years but boy howdy, she could write.
Quotes: “If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”
“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”
For a bit of specialness, Google When God Created Mothers. *sigh*
James Herriot. His books about the veterinarian practice in England are wonderful. But one of his books, All Things Bright and Beautiful contains his first glimpse of his newborn son. Seriously, thought I’d blow a mental fuse laughing so hard.
Justin Halpern. This author is a bit timelier than the ancients above are. Sh*t My Dad Says makes me laugh just thinking about it. Heavens, the mental images he creates. Read the first chapter and you’ll see.
As with most my writing skills, I depend on the examples of authors who know the ropes and run the trails. They are my inspiration whether writing Fantasy or Humor. Or a mixture of both.
"If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor." - Jennifer Jones
Ho Boy, do I ever agree with Ms. Jones.