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How to Make Your Writing Funnier — A Video by TED-Ed

Make Your Writing Funnier, Writing Comedy

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.

When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, and howl in pain and anger!”

Now he writes error messages for Microsoft.

*ba-dum tsschh!*

Writing comedy can be one of the most challenging tasks a writer can face. What is it that makes something genuinely funny? How do you stop that little voice in your head that’s telling you you’re reaching too far?

And even when you know what your joke is… how do you construct your set piece for maximum comedic effect?

After all, if your punchline falls flat then you’re dead in the water.

Well, never fear — it’s time to learn how to tickle your reader’s funny bone. Join Cheri Steinkellner for 5 minutes in this video, courtesy of TED-Ed, where she offers a few quick and handy tips on how to make your writing funnier!

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  1. Carolyn Hill says:

    Loved this video. I watched it twice.

    1. AutoCrit says:

      Thank you, Carolyn, for the comment.

      Best Wishes

  2. Ann Everett says:

    LUVED (I sang that in opera for effect) this info. Very entertaining!!

    1. AutoCrit says:

      Thank you, Ann, for the comment!

      Best Wishes

  3. Barry says:

    At the two twenty five mark, I went to get a pickle. No, really I did. Great little video. .

    1. AutoCrit says:

      Thank you, Barry, for the comment.

      Best Wishes

  4. Kathy Noyes says:

    Cuteness! But, it certainly brought home the point. Thanks!!
    PS all the comments are from 2017, but the blog did not end up in my mailbox until this week!!???

    1. AutoCrit says:

      Hi, Kathy! Like most blogs, we update and republish posts often to keep the information fresh and revive it for our readers who may have missed it the first time around. When we do that, you’ll occasionally see comments with dates that go back to when the article was originally posted. Thanks for reading!

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