Some writers are born funny. Others become funny. And still others have funny thrust upon them. Then there are others, like my long-time colleague Don Fry, who want to be funny so bad that they would sell their first-born. (I have been tempted to buy son Jason Fry — who is funny.)
I want to argue that humor is strategic. And while there are no formulas, there are moves: including emphatic word order.
I’ve been thinking about humor a lot in recent days. I’ve just completed a manuscript on How To Write Short, and it turns out that some of the most memorable expressions of short writing depend on humor — or at least wit.
In this week’s writing chat, I offered tips on incorporating humor into your writing and shared related examples. You can replay the chat here: