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How To Write Funny: Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint For Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing (Scott Dikkers' How To Write) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 18, 2014
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Scott Dikkers is a founding editor of The Onion and #1 New York Times best-selling author. He co-wrote and edited The Onion's Our Dumb Century, which has sold more than a half-million copies and was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He heads up the "Writing with the Onion" training program at The Second City in Chicago.
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**Cue nervous laughter** The joke is on me.
I should have read the other reviews and discounted those from the authors friends, relatives, and other paid endorsements... the remaining reviewer was correct in his assessment.
At best, this book seems disjointed and uncomfortable to read... surprising since one of the books topics concerns accessibility, which the author describes as making your work easy to find and easy to read. The author succeeds at the former but fails miserably at the latter.
The author does follow his own advice in keeping the material short and brief... this is a tiny book. It really is a "handbook" and fits nicely in the palm of my hand. It speaks volumes that it took me so long to force myself to read through it.
On the plus side, the thickness of the book, due to its numerous pages, is perfect for balancing that side of the washing machine that wobbles... so this isn't a total loss.
You should buy this book... mostly because misery loves company and I don't want to be the only butt of this really bad joke.
Author of the novel Razor Wire Karma, available on Amazon
This is an amazing book about writing comedy which, in and of itself, is not humorous. That isn't to say there isn't anything humorous about it along the way, but it is pretty straight forward in telling you what writing comedy is all about.
The biggest tip I learned is to not rely on writing alone to get you going in the humor field. I agree that if you can be funny in writing, you can be funny anywhere. However, this book reminds you again and again that writing comedy is hard and it is not something you can earn a healthy profit from. Instead, it gives you frank and honest advice about what to expect and how to write well-written comedy.
I hihgly recommend it to anyone, whether they are writers or people who enjoy good comedy. I refer to often and I know it will be a good staple of my library for years to come.
Scott breaks it down to a very easy level, so for someone totally new to comedy writing, you'll get a lot out of this book. For experienced writers, you'll still get some good refresher training and probably pick up something new along the way. Scott focuses a lot on why something may be funny and the back story of a joke. What is your target? Why are we picking on that? What makes that funny? These are great questions to ask when beginning to write jokes, and Scott explains why it's important to ask these every time.
I'd really recommend this book to anyone interested in trying comedy writing.
You know you are funny, but do you know why? This book will tell you, and it will show you how to continue to be funny without having to rely on rare flashes of inspiration. Highly recommended.
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