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January, 2008


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Top 10: April Humor
Have a laugh and learn some writing
By  Char Milbrett

A
pril Showers bring May flowers, but why do Mayflowers bring Pilgrims? I know the answer, and understand it, because I know what a Pilgrim is. But what happens when your audience doesnít get it. Then what?
 
Humor, in all its forms, is only funny if you understand the humor. Much of the attraction of humor, is relating to the subject matter. Humor is tricky. If you donít relate, it wonít be funny. If it involves something that makes you angry, it wonít be funny.
 
Humor, is after all, a test of your intellect. Intellectual humor is unfair humor, because it gives the humorist an opportunity to Lord over their audience, dangling that proverbial joke in front of their intellectual nose and flaunting the lack of intellectual prowress. Humor can be annoying if the humorist continually uses it to intimidate. So, with all of this to consider, letís delve into the 10 most interesting sites for learning how to be funny.


 
SoYouWanna Write Stand Up Comedy?
A five part series of articles about writing stand-up comedy and how to make a living at it.
http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/standup/standup.html
 
Andy Griffiths' How To Write Funny Stories For Kids
Writing humorous fiction for children is an exacting and demanding challenge, fraught with danger and not for the faint-hearted, but with a little practice anyone can do it. Just follow this simple step-by-step guide!
http://www.andygriffiths.com.au/News_2002_How_to_become.html
 
How to Write the Best Comedy Sketches
A feature article at WritersBlock covering the comedy subjects of Research, Brainstorming, Where Ideas Come From, Getting Started, Types of Sketches, Editing Your Own Work, Presentation and more.
http://www.writersblock.ca/fall1999/feature2.htm
 
Online Humor Writing Course: The Art of Being Funny
Designed and taught by syndicated humor columnist Chandra Clarke, this is a complete humour writing course that teaches how to write funny material. This course is great for beginners and pros alike, whether you want to be a full-fledged stand-up comedian, a humour columnist, a TV writer, or just add funny elements to your fiction and non-fiction work.
http://universalclass.com/i/crn/7318.htm
 
SoYouWanna Be A Sitcom Writer?
Six steps to success in writing sitcoms. Beginning with what the job actually entails all the way through to writing the script and getting work.
http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/sitcom/sitcom.html
 
Kung Fu Monkey - Writing - Jargon Preservation
A list of screenplay writers humorous shorthand code for problems or issues dealing with scripts. Terminology that most of us don't know and is quite amusing.
http://kfmonkey.blogspot.com/2005/04/writing-jargon-preservation.html
 
Pseudo-scientific Rumors On Humor
Some people may use props to get a laugh, but the ability to see the humor in life is one of the most important assets you may have as a professional speaker. It takes great skill and not a little natural talent to really apply humor effectively. While you can learn to use humor and do a fairly good job at it, the use of humor is not for everyone.
http://scienster.com/pickup911.chtml?humor
 
How To Be Funny
Being funny is hard work. Some people think that humor is easy, that anybody can be funny with very little work. This is not true. David J. Parker and Samuel Stoddard provide advice on how to be funny.
http://www.rinkworks.com/funny
 
The Art of Using Humor in Public Speaking
A short list produced by the ThinkQuest Organization on the 10 dos and the 10 don't of humor in public speaking.
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002267F/on_being_funny.htm
 
The Art of Using Humor in Public
The type of humor you will use depends on your speaking style and the situation. What is your style? Are you more comfortable with a quiet understated type of humor, subtle wit or are you more likely to deliver jokes for belly-laughs or long humorous stories to entertain? Learn much of the psychology and definitions of humor.
http://www.squaresail.com/auh.html


Char Milbrett is an Independent Researcher, online since 2000, providing writers and business professionals with information needed to complete projects, novels, assignments, essays, articles or any other type of undertaking requiring up-to-date facts and materials. Do you need help locating hard to find information? Perhaps I can help. Email : charjim@hickorytech.net

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Writerís Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails weíve known;
Each writerís block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
Itís how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Donít plant your poem on the page
As though youíre hanging drapes;
Itís shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their ďthemes.Ē

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A writerís life is paradox,
Itís more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

Poetry
The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know youíll never quit.

Pegasus
It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

Re-Verse
The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poemís through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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