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Writing Humor

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 13, 2018 06:44

(image two women laughing

I tried writing humor once but my agent wrote back, “Is this supposed to be funny?” Most humor doesn't travel well. By that I mean that something that’s funny in one place might fall flat in another. And a story that is funny when told orally, can be a bomb when written on a page (you don’t get the benefit of pauses, vocal inflections, gestures). Therefore I take my hat off to those who are successful in writing humor! Here are a few I admire:

“I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.” – Erma Bombeck

“Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we'll find it.” – Sam Levenson

“Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.” – Dave Barry

“War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.” – Ambrose Bierce

“Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.” – Andy Rooney

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.” – Fran Lebowitz

“Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.” – Jean Kerr

“A good listener is usually thinking about something else.” – Kin Hubbard

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