To make a reader smile, giggle, and chuckle, a writer must create an image in the mind of the reader. He must use words to conjure up dialogue and situations that bring bone-tickling, rib-splitting, or knee-slapping guffaws, from the reader.

To be a good humor writer, don’t tell your readers something is funny. Let them discover this for themselves. You can do this by using words that paint a picture that the readers can relate to with all their senses. Describe the sounds, sights, tastes, textures, and smells. By doing that, you will end up creating humorous situations.

To create humor in your work, use similes and metaphors that bring familiar images into the mind of your readers. Used effectively, similes and metaphors say a lot with few words. They can paint a funny image in the mind of the reader. A simile such as, “they were wrestling around like two pigs in the mire, only John was enjoying it and Evans was just getting dirty,” tells the readers about a humorous situation.

Satire and irony also add humor to the writer’s work. Irony is using words to express the opposite of their literal meaning. On the other hand, satire is the use of wit or irony to attack something. However, writers should be careful when using irony and satire to avoid leaving their readers confused.



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