May 12, 2015

Creativity Leads To Humor


Being rather humor-deprived meself, I feel obliged to learn more about the art of making jokes in the hopes that some of it will trickle down into my otherwise arid personality... To that end, I'm currently reading Comedy Writing Secrets (CWS).

According to CWS, the first step to writing humor is to be creative.

What if? Your first exercise is to use your imagination to look at any common object and train your mind to see it as something else, no matter how outrageous. This exercise is to force your brain to come up with "unexpected relationships that surprise the audience--and surprise makes people laugh."

Therefore, CWS continues, if you're going to write humor, you should be uninhibited! And as any writer knows, editing will come later, so don't worry about censoring yourself at first.

The whole object of comedy is to be yourself, and the closer you get to that, the funnier you will be. ~Jerry Seinfeld


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