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fahima
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject: writing a humourous story Reply with quote

Can someone please give me some ideas on writing a humourous story? I have read wonderful stories which keep you chuckling till the end. But when I actually wanted to experiment on one, I didn't have a clue as to how to go about it. Besides there's this contest that I'm planning to enter which demands a well-written humourous story. Can somebody help me?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember the stand-up comics - the good ones, that is. Pryor, Dangerfield, Woody Allen. Humor is best when it's self-deprecating - when the joke's on you. You can really get people laughing when they're laughing at you.

Deep in their heart of hearts they see themselves caught in your situation and part of their laughter is the relief they feel that it wasn't them.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fahima, try searching Ask Jeeves, www.ask.com. Type in Writing Comedy, also, Writing Humor. Browse through what comes up.

Writing comedy, as with doing stand-up comedy, has to do with delivery as well as content. You can write burlesque and slapstick as well as satire and other styles. What may tickle you, may fall flat with others.

I've heard it said that humor and comedy are more difficult than tragedy.
Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 2:17 pm    Post subject: Well... Reply with quote

Thats one way but i am not sure if it will work with every option.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the point. There is no foumula that works all the time with everybody!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There’s only one way to make fun of something without offending anyone else, and that’s if you’re making fun of yourself. Your readers will welcome the invitation to laugh with you. This applies to poking fun at your accoutrements as well – parents, spouses, siblings, children, dogs, hamsters and fish. Never make fun of the cat. I wrote a good short essay about life with humor and I have explained many of my life events in this essay. Generalizations can be funny, but specificity is better.
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