A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
A comic novel is usually a work of fiction in which the writer seeks to amuse the reader, sometimes with subtlety and as part of a carefully woven narrative, sometimes above all other considerations.
- Words with K and G are the funniest. Start using names like Kristy and George, or doing stuff that starts with K and G (klutzy, gyroscoping)
- Establish a pattern and misdirect readers with the last one:
I wish you happiness, wealth, and that you can get the lid off the mayo jar the next time you make a sandwich.
- Rather than scattering jokes around like confetti, use them strategically.
- Don’t worry about what others think. Use your voice and deliver the joke. It’ll work.
- Let readers know it’s OK to laugh at you (or with you).
- Start with a well-known cliche, but change the ending, i.e., “You can lead a horse to water… but a pencil must be lead.”
- Use funny anecdotes or stories.
- Use comparisons:
- like saying Noah was a shipbuilder
- like the difference between being thrown from the 15th and 16th floor–they both kill you
- as stupid as a chocolate teapot
- Avoid sarcasm. It’s as likely to annoy people as entertain.
- Rework an old cliche; you might start with the standard, but change the ending.
A bird in hand is in danger of being crushed
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
- Three Men in a Boat by Jerome Jerome
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
- Without Feathers by Woody Allen
More H Genres
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.