Writing Humor Part I -Random Association

Writing Humor Part I – Random Association

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June 26, 2009

Humor is like anything other type of writing, it takes work to perfect your craft, practice, dedication, and realizing that what one person likes another may not.

John Philipp continues with his series on writing humor and satire.

Someone who was not I said, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince.” Humor is no different; you need polish a lot of rocks to uncover a gem. Professional comedians often generate 100 jokes to find ten they think have potential, then tweak those in front of several audiences before they end up with one or two to put in their next routine.

But generating bad jokes is fun, as long as you are the only one who sees them. When writing humor, you don’t want to listen to your Inner Editor whose territory covers the gamut from typos and grammar to character development, POV, and thematic imagery.

Listen to your Inner Comic, who delights in anything unexpected and constantly marvels at how clever you are at making unexpected connections between two items.

The House of Humor is built on the foundation of surprise. When two items are put together that you would not expect to find together (what Arthur Koestler in “The Act of Creation” calls a bi-associative event), you have one of two reactions.
If the context is science, the reaction is AHA!
If the context is humor, the reaction is HAHA!

One way to generate surprises is by random association.
Here are the steps: Article cont. http://siamckye.blogspot.com/

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