You think you’re a funny guy. So, you want some of that personality to shine through in the next essay you write. However, you’re not exactly sure how to communicate humor on a written page. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Writing in a humorous manner is, in fact, one of the most difficult things to pull off.
- Enjoy the writing process. If you’re not enjoying the writing process, there’s no way you can be funny. What kinds of funny things can you come up with if you’re dreading this moment of sitting in front of the computer trying to come up with words to fill the page?
- Start small. Throw in a funny line here, a surprising ending to an example there and a chuckle-worthy anecdote somewhere. Don’t be too ambitious. Start small and test how your readers react (like, have a friend or family member take a look). Then, build on that.
- Comedy is timing. You can’t just drop jokes on an essay and make it funny. In a lot of ways, written humor is all about being witty at just the right moment. Instead of focusing on being funny, just write normally and look for opportunities to insert humor after.
- Be conversational. It’s hard to integrate humor when you write in a dry and formal tone. The whole combination is just off. If you’re going to be funny, make sure to maintain a conversational tone throughout.