Writing Funny

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Picking a topic is an important first step in writing funny, Scott Adams (Dilbert) explains:

The topic does half of your work. I look for topics that have at least one of the essential elements of humor:

  1. Clever
  2. Cute
  3. Bizarre
  4. Cruel
  5. Naughty
  6. Recognizable

His other recommendations:

  • Simple Sentences
  • Write About People
  • Write Visually
  • Leave Room for Imagination
  • Funny Words
  • Pop Culture References
  • Animal analogies
  • Exaggerate, then Exaggerate Some More
  • Near Logic
  • Callback
  • Genetic Abnormality

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