There are very few ways to improve your ability to blog more drastically than by improving your ability to write. And although I often hear folks talking about finding your voice, I find it more true that the best writers are those who have a diverse array of tools in their writing arsenal. Today, we’ll be looking at one of those tools: humor.
I would like to invite each of you to participate in a group exercise. I want to challenge you to take one or more of the writing lessons mentioned in this post and use it (or them) in the next post that you write at your blog.
After you do, come back to this article and leave a comment linking to your article and a note about which concept or concepts you employed.
Then as a final step in the challenge, consider looking at some links that others posted and respond to their comment with your thoughts and critiques of how they implemented these concepts.
For today’s lesson, we’ll be discussing types of humor and some principles for using them effectively in your writing.
Types of Humor
Listed below are 10 types of humor that you can use to spice up your writing. There are many more, but the 10 on this list will help provide you with a good foundation.
- Anecdotes: An interesting story that’s funny in the telling.
- Aside: A note or thought added as if something the writer was typing reminded him or her of it.
- Blunder: Wit based on someone making a mistake, tripping, or appearing foolish like the classic Wylie Coyote
- Caricature: Exaggeration of a person’s traits such as their personality, a physical feature, or an ability.
- Hyperbole: Extreme exaggeration used to evoke strong feelings.
- Irony: The creation of a concept that is somewhat opposite to the literal meaning of the words used.
- Joke: A short ditty with a powerful punchline just like the ones you’ve been telling since the first grade.
- Parody:A method of mocking or trivializing an original work through comical imitation.
- Repartee: Clever replies, retorts and comebacks often in the form of an insult.
- Self-Deprecation: A method of humor in which the author makes fun of himself or herself.
Note: You should always find a tasteful way to employ any forms of humor that involve making fun of anyone other than yourself. Insults can be funny if done right, or harmful if they come across too strongly or too rudely.
Humor is one of the most powerful ways to get and keep someone’s attention. Learn how to sprinkle it into your writing and you’ll be expanding your arsenal in a powerful way.
Now don’t forget about taking the challenge. Jump in and expand your writing skill.