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Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells discuss writing techniques in a fast-paced, 15-minute format.


11.32: The Element of Humor

August 7th, 2016

Episode 149 of 159 episodes

"Talking about humor is the least funny thing you can do." —Howard Tayler You have been warned! and with that out of the way... What is the driving force that gets readers to turn pages in a book that is primarily a work of humor? More importantly, how do we as writers get that driver into our books? We cover this, and provide some starting points for writers seeking to improve their humor writing, along with a bunch of neat techniques, and (as apparent from the liner notes) a long example for deconstruction. Credits: This episode was recorded by Jeff Cools, and mastered by Alex Jackson. Liner Notes:here are the lyrics we cited from"Love is Strange" (Galavant). We've added superscript numbers from the Rule of Three exercise. Love is strange, And sometimes kind of gross It's embarrassingly gassy² And it leaves its dirty underwear In piles around the place³ ²Love is rude, it has a sort of smell And it thinks that you don't notice² And it blurts out things That make you want to smack its stupid face³ ³And it's awkward and confusing It annoys you half to death² Then it grins that dopey grin And you can't catch your breath³ The full song is available here, for $1.29(link provided out of courtesy to the original artists whose work we deconstructed for educational purposes.)

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