Whether you want to tell stories, write a killer speech or just make your business memos a little less humdrum, humour is one of the best ways to engage an audience. This video lesson gives you some practical tips you can apply to your writing to make it funnier in a snap. In this video from the TED-Ed YouTube channel, Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Cheri Steinkellner shares her best tips for making your writing funnier and more engaging. Here are a few of the key takeaways:
- The more details you have in your story the better. Specific details give you more opportunities to make jokes.
- Find the flaw in something or someone and play it up.
- Challenge expectations and surprise your audience with opposites. Have the smartest character do something stupid. Or build up an idea like it's the best thing ever, then explain why it crashed and burned almost instantly.
- Turn your horrible experiences into fuel for funny stories and gut-busting jokes.
Everybody likes to laugh, so flex your funny muscles and turn your writing into something people can't get enough of. Eventually, you won't be able to write anything without wanting to add a dash of humour in.
How to make your writing funnier [YouTube]