Three Quick Tips for Composing a Humorous Essay

1. You need a story, not just jokes. If your goal is to write compelling nonfiction, the story must always come first—what is it you are meaning to show us, and why should the reader care? It is when the humor takes a backseat to the story being told that the humorous essay is most … Continue reading Three Quick Tips for Composing a Humorous Essay

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McManus’s Rules for Writing Humor #2

Write about your bad experiences, not your good ones. Write about serious events, not funny ones. Write about your failure, not your success. Write about your fear, not your courage. Write about the negative, not the positive. Write about the bad, not the good. A stingy character is funnier than a generous character. A blowhard … Continue reading McManus’s Rules for Writing Humor #2