One of my absolute favorite people in the world is humor author and mommy-blogger Leanne Shirtliffe. I know if I’m having a rough day, that I just need to stop by Leanne’s blog or Facebook page, because she’ll have me smiling in minutes. One of the advantages of starting my company, WANA International, is I was able to
abduct recruit my favorite people to teach.
Today, Leanne’s, going to give us some tips about how to make the world our muse—> then make it LOL.
Take it away, Leanne!
Humor is everywhere, from Tom Cruise’s teeth to your local pet store. You just have to look for it.
How do you find humor?
Watch what children do:
Look at sign combinations:
Visit your local book store, especially the bargain books section. Look for weird combos of books.
So you’ve found humor. Now what?
- What about having a character in your manuscript come across one of these signs or combinations of books? Even non-humorous characters can see or find humor.
- Creating characters with unique characteristics is one way to be original; observing quirky details is yet another way to develop a distinctive voice.
Interested in finding out many more humor techniques?
Attend my WANA webinar on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30-10:00 PM EST, “How To Be Funny (Er): 10 Techniques for Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction.”
All participants will be entered to win a copy of my soon-to-be-released humor book, Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids.
Where’s your favorite place to “find” humor? What makes you laugh?
How do you use humor in your writing?
About Leanne Shirtliffe
Leanne Shirtliffe is a humor writer whose book, Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids, has received positive endorsements Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Jill Smokler (Scary Mommy), Kirkus Review, and others. She writes for the Huffington Post, NickMom.com, and IronicMom.com. When she’s not stopping her eight-year-old twins from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers who are slightly less hormonal than she is.
Thanks Leanne! Please show her some love for making your Fridays more fun :D.
I LOVE hearing from you guys!
To prove it and show my love, for the month of April, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment, and link back to my blog, and mention my book We Are Not Alone in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? The unvarnished truth from yours truly.
I will pick a winner once a month and it will be a critique of the first 20 pages of your novel, or your query letter, or your synopsis (5 pages or less).
And also, winners have a limited time to claim the prize, because what’s happening is there are actually quite a few people who never claim the critique, so I never know if the spam folder ate it or to look for it and then people miss out. I will also give my corporate e-mail to insure we connect and I will only have a week to return the 20 page edit.
At the end of April I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!