Humorous Writing, II

By CBramkamp creative writing Comments Off on Humorous Writing, II

Light humor, like adding a funny icon to your PowerPoint presentation,usually is a welcome addition to any lecture. A humorous light comment can help bring your audience to your side and help gain sympathy for your cause.  But when you write, it’s a different story.  First of all, humor often has a very short expiration date.   A topical comment within a report or an email can be effective, if the report  or posting is not meant to last. A topical reference in an annual report won’t  work in your favor. It will rapidly age out and look not only silly but irrelevant. You do not  want to write papers or reports or articles that quickly become irrelevant — that  would be a waste of time.

Mark Twain wrote: “The humorous story is American, the comic story is  English, the witty story is French. The humorous story is strictly a work of art —  high and delicate art — and only an artist can tell it; but no art is necessary in  telling the comic and the witty story; anybody can do it.”

That’s us, the witty or the comic story, no experience or talent required. Go in  that direction, stay within your own personality and limits. Do not work at being  amusing. And if it is NOT your nature to write wittily or humorously, you may  want to just pass on the whole humor thing in your correspondence. Be sincere, be clever, be yourself, but don’t work to be funny, the odds that the whole endeavor will backfire are very, very high. Save yourself. If you really want to be  funny, then just quote other people.
“So once again, we find that evil of the past seeps into the present like salad dressing through cheap wax paper, mixing memory and desire.”
~ The Tick

For more information read  Don’t Write Like You Talk by me, Catharine

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