I worry that I spend too much time on social media. Then I switch off and worry I don't spend enough time on social media. It can be a distraction, but is also quite helpful at times. While procrastinating from writing, um, I mean, while keeping up with my social media requirement, I stumbled across a great twitter conversation. You can find out more about the twitter conversation #writersroad at Heather McCorkle's blog, or just join in:
We chat every Monday at 6pm PT (using either Tweetchat~easier when it works, but it is glitchy~or TweetDeck) and all are invited to participate. We're always open to topic suggestions so long as they involve writing or the publishing industry. Feel free to apply to join our Facebook page as well. We are often trending on Twitter!
A couple of weeks ago we had a great talk on writing humour. There were tips, opinions, and funny responses. Here's the top tips I got from that conversation:
1. Humour is about perspective.
What's funny to us authors as an inside joke doesn't always translate. That's what professional editors are for. (@cushmanovich)
Making your friends laugh, being funny on screen, and writing comedy are completely different and often unrelated. (@EitanTheWriter)
Know ur audience and what they would find funny. YA audience humor differs from MG or Adult humor. (@DougSolter)
2. Show don't tell.
Don't tell us your protagonist's uncle is funny, show him telling jokes instead. PROVE he's funny. (@charmaineclancy)
Not funny: saying a character is "clumsy" but they never do anything clumsy except fall down every 100 pages. (@Tina_Moss)
3. Funny sounds funny.
Everyday names can be funny. I have a Kev in one book, but Bob is always a funny name, but Peter? Nah. (@charmaineclancy)
Part of humor is in the language we choose. (@HeatherMcCorkle)
With humor, you never say "pull" when you can say "yank." Some words are simply funnier than others. (@teetate)
4. Humour is not mean.
It's a risky line between being funny about a character and being mean. Laugh 'with' not 'at' -- or at least make the victim deserving. (@charmaineclancy)
There is a fine line between bullying and humor. Make sure your characters know it. (@HeatherMcCorkle)
5. Steal your ideas.
... take notes when people laugh in real life, and takes notes on what makes you laugh. (@HeatherMcCorkle)
Steal examples from real life. Wanna see some funny stuff? get on YouTube & look up "pranks" (@teetate)
Think of your favorite funny characters in books and movies, then explore why they were funny to you. (@HeatherMcCorkle)
I've heard (and observed) that the best humor is in the unexpected. I like this rule of 3s. (@kristiecookauth)
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