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Writing Articles Of Humour – How Easy Is It?
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Writing Articles Of Humour – How Easy is It?

Is it easy to write humour articles? What is humour? Described by the dictionary “A message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter” now that is a hell of a description, why could they not have written “something that makes you laugh.”

“A message whose ingenuity (“The power of creative imagination”) or verbal skill or incongruity (“The quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate”) has the power to evoke laughter.” The words description is in itself humour.

I digress, writing humour, how easy is it? This is probably one of the most difficult styles to master, to write something that others find funny, must first be a chuckle raiser to the author and then in some way, find a reader that finds it funny. To decide what others find hilarious you need to know them and judge their preferences. A humour article can as easily lose you a follower, as it can gain you one. I read many diverse articles from all over the Internet, some of these presupposing as humour full, hardly raise a grin, sometimes not even holding my attention to read to the end. Others of a serious topic can have me in stitches, due to they style of writing. A serious article that can raise a smile as well as debate an earnest subject is a master piece.

Slapstick humour, the Laurel and Hardy of films too difficult to imitate in writing, school boy jokes, not for an article. But an author in the right mood, who writes from the heart, will have you crying with laughter. Picturing what animals are thinking or what thoughts are carousing around in another’s mind, well written, hilarious. But how to decide what the animal is thinking, put yourself in their shoes, picture what you would say if incapable of talking.

Another sure thing is listening to children and attempting to put their words to paper, not as you heard it but as you genuinely heard it. The nuances of their natural way of talking is what needs to appear on the article, that's what is humour. Animal behaviour, they do strange things that often can bring a smile to your face. I sat for an hour watching elephant in the Kruger National Park, a two to three-month old youngster was doing its best to get that long nose to listen to the brain. It almost stood on its head on occasions, it bounced around, charged trees in frustration, because it unable to imitate its mother. Capturing this in words requires a certain amount of talent, but well written it will be funny to readers.

Human behaviour, I will sit and watch people I do not know, at a coffee shop or in a clothing shop, taking their dog for a walk, or jogging for exercise. Taking note of the small subtleties of their actions, facial expressions and movements at times, extremely comical. Describe these right in an article and readers will see the funny side.

Peoples accidents where no one gets hurt, we all laugh at it, write these down, read over the part and see if it sounds right and funny to you, if it does the chances are the readers will also. Stories such as a women with hands full exiting a gym, into a windy street, struggling to close the door against the wind and her dress now blowing up around her neck. This descriptively written would be funny. A man and his wife walking on the beach, him slyly watching a bikini clad women, trips and falls on the sand, the wife berates him for not looking where he's going, funny. A dog walking into a closed glass door, people laugh, on paper it could be funny.

The ability to write in this style, takes practice and perseverance, one that requires an ability to laugh at oneself, to see the funny side of life. An imagination, intuition and sixth sense to capture the incident in the mind and then to describe it on paper. The description is the difficult part, requiring a certain amount of verbosity, the art of characterisation and the sixth sense to see what others will find hilarious.

Stand up comics careers made, or destroyed, on their understanding or ability to use the sixth sense.


Street Talk

Pleasant article, Rob. I like watching a good comedy. Humor is precious.

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  about 1 decade ago

How I agree with you Georgia...Homour is precious

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  about 1 decade ago
Tracy Cox  

Another great article Rob. Congrats on #1.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Tracy don't know how I got here and don't know how I remain surrounded by such magnificent authors.

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  about 1 decade ago
Lemuel  

Interesting article, and another versatile writing (How do you do that, Rob?). I think humour should come naturally and unplanned - it's best that way.

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  about 1 decade ago

Yes my friend, I agree whole heartedly, let it flow, do not think about it.

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  about 1 decade ago
C4rmen  

a good read, in the end though just give of yourself and hopfully yr humour will come through. i laugh at some of yr articles, so u must have this skill :)

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  about 1 decade ago

This is the problem, I discovered if I try then I can't, but if it flows some how I can, its the understanding of it that baffles me.

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  about 1 decade ago

Made me do some thinking Rob, thanks.

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  about 1 decade ago

Get the masses thinking, that makes for a good article does it not?

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  about 1 decade ago

Interesting to read your article Rob. Honestly, I've never thought about this. It's definitely a skill that I would like to know more about. I think the best humour is the times the author paints a picture for us that we can see in our minds eye and relate to. Perhaps, also, this is when good grammar comes into play... if you can't punctuate the thought well then the audience will perhaps miss the nuances of the humour. I don't know but it's making me ponder and a little self conscious to try to express humour when I hadn't previously thought about! I just write what I'm thinking. Not very technical stuff! Hmmmm....

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  about 1 decade ago

What brought this about was Linda reading portions of my eBooks about the Park and the Golf course, and laughing out loud. I could not see what she found so funny, but the intention was to bring humour into both books. The problem was now I became all analytical and started to try to write humour and found I couldn't. It is either there on the day or its not when it comes to me, and I thought by writing down what I had discovered, might help me and possibly someone else. You have also written articles that have had me smiling and laughing, did you write them so or did it just happen? I think mine just happen, trying to do it is not easy. What do you think, maybe we should have a challenge of writing a funny story and then all vote, it could be hilarious..

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  about 1 decade ago

No, I agree with you. Humour can't be 'forced'. I too have to be in the mood or a certain 'space'. Linda is likely to appreciate the memories your articles evoke and I find them amusing because of the visual picture painted and the shockingness of the situation at times (like sneezing at the tour guide... I'd have crawled under the seat!! But from afar it was hilarious!) ! I don't think I could set out to write humour with a conscious volition. I nearly wish you hadn't made me think about it... although it is good when thought provoking things pop up. Most times when I write something amusing I'm just being plain goofy and tongue in cheek. A part of me is saying I shouldn't publish the article because of it's silliness but over-riding that is my ability to laugh at myself!! All interesting to think about. Thanks again for thought provoking articles!

  
  about 1 decade ago

No, I agree with you. Humour can't be 'forced'. I too have to be in the mood or a certain 'space'. Linda is likely to appreciate the memories your articles evoke and I find them amusing because of the visual picture painted and the shockingness of the situation at times (like sneezing at the tour guide... I'd have crawled under the seat!! But from afar it was hilarious!) ! I don't think I could set out to write humour with a conscious volition. I nearly wish you hadn't made me think about it... although it is good when thought provoking things pop up. Most times when I write something amusing I'm just being plain goofy and tongue in cheek. A part of me is saying I shouldn't publish the article because of it's silliness but over-riding that is my ability to laugh at myself!! All interesting to think about. Thanks again for thought provoking articles!

  
  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I think it comes naturally to you Rob. Your descriptions make me laugh, especially the New York adventure. I think when the writer has a good sense of humor himself, he communicates it easily.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Joan S, sometimes I write and when Linda my wife reads it she laughs and I will ask "what's so funny", not something that is easy to do.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, Eeek! Reminds me of when I was at the Taj Mahal in India. I was wearing a very light weight sari. Walked out of the tomb into the wind. Up and away! I must've looked like a flower blooming with all those yards of material blowing straight up. Fortunately I did have a petticoat on -- full length from waist to toes. But off and away upside down, blowing over my head. Couldn't catch hold of what had become a flower blooming around me. I had to get out of the wind. Then with much tugging and pulling I uncovered my face. And to re-situated yard after yard of the very light material. Learning event! Do not wear very very light weight clothes you are not familiar with... blessings, Cynthia

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  about 1 decade ago

You see there is a funny story there. I must admit that would have me rolling in the aisles.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob, Indeed. Me too... years later:-) Though it was amusing even then. But? Whoops! In remembering and laughing myself I wrote it a little bit off the track! I meant to say fortunately I had a petticoat on that stayed in place! That's actually what made me look like a flower blooming. Stalk of petticoat followed by yards and yards of billowing silk. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the article Rob. Isn't it amazing what makes different people laugh. Sometimes when in a group I wonder what's so funny. Everyone is laughing but me. I see this in others also. I'll be laughing with a group but one or two have that bewildered look on their face.

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  about 1 decade ago

How right you are John and that is what makes writing humour so difficult. I was asked by a college to write some humour but just found it to difficult, yet some of my articles have had others laughing. When analysing this I wonder what did I do to get it right!!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for sharing Rob :)

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  about 1 decade ago

Pleasure Stacy

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  about 1 decade ago
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