A Few Words About Humor

You guys know how much I enjoy humor. Here’s a post from then Florida Writer’s Association that discusses comedy and why it’s so darned funny.


For me, it’s this:

  1. The laugh comes from being surprised when you think one thing is going to happen, but another does instead.
  2. The jokes come out of the situations, not the language. Don’t focus on making funny words, focus on finding funny situations. Good humor is subtle and surprising.
  3. Catch your readers off-guard.

Simple, but maybe the most difficult thing in writing. Look for it to be a Flash Fiction Challenge soon. You’ve been warned!


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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

4 thoughts on “A Few Words About Humor

  1. Well, yes, but aren’t 1 and 3 the same thing?
    However, some writers simply use words to make it funny, even if it isn’t. For example, when Mark Twain writes about ants in a very serious manner (from A Tramp Abroad) or when someone uses black humour to describe a scene that would have been tragic otherwise. It is when the humourist tries too hard that the troubles follow. Satire is a good example of a lost art, these days. Somehow satire has become slapstick, too explicit or over-explanatory or apologetic. (Maybe picking up a thing or two from those stupid soaps/sitcoms that seem to be popular without any dissenting voice protesting the inanities of the jokes or the faux-double-takes and “wait, what”s… If you notice, even our language has evolved to fit that virtual world rather than the other way round. Wait What? – Well Duh! – Yo Dude – ‘Sup Homeys etc etc… ridiculous)..

  2. Unlikley pairings in unpredictable situations make for great humor. Think Odd Couple or Serge and Coleman. That’s what I did with my characters Richard noggin, P.I. (aka Dick Head), and Brandi (formerly Brandon), and sent them undercover in a nudist resort to fight crime. The humor grows organically and isn’t forced. The banter between them works and the situations provide comic relief in an otherwise serious crime novel.

  3. Also thanks for posting this. I’ve been meaning to join FWA and you put it right in front of me to help me keep from pushing it down my priority list.

  4. I like to use humour as a foil when a situation is sad or serious. I wasn’t sure whether my readers would appreciate my own sense of humour but, from the reviews, many do, which is encouraging!

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