In an effort to move the book project forward, I have been studying humour. Writing humour is not easy, and it’s even harder when there is a lot going on in your life that is less than humorous. So I ordered some books at the library and started researching (aka known as reading and loving every minute of it). Any humour would do, but I decided to focus on Canadian made humour. Anything endorsed by Stephen Leacock, really.
The best advice I have found so far comes right at the beginning of the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour when Will Ferguson makes clear that the best humour can be found in that gap between the real and the ideal.
Okay… So moving the country and buying a newspaper and a dog … the gap between the real and ideal is ENORMOUS and contains a wealth of funny. It’s just a question of finding it and treading that fine line of funny before it becomes angry, or even nasty, right?
Does any one else have great humour writing advice? I’d love to read it! Also? Read the anthology of Canadian Humour. It will remind you that this country is full of the smarty-pants people. 🙂