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Learn how to write a funny story.

Can you learn how to write comedy? Absolutely - anyone can. Scott Dikkers will tell you how. He's co-founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of The Onion, the world's most popular humor publication, and founder of The Onion Training Center at the Second City in Chicago. He's also a number one best-selling humor author and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In How to Write Funnier, he tells you everything you need to know to start writing funny stories, how to write funny scenes, and how to write funny sketches.

But that's just the beginning. How do you get a job in comedy? How do you write for The Onion? How do you write for the New Yorker? How do you get published in McSweeney's? How do you write for money? How do you become a career comedy writer?

It's all in How to Write Funnier.

Writers Scott has mentored, trained, or hired for their very first comedy-writing job have gone on to win several Emmy Awards, written movies nominated for an Academy Award, and become best-selling authors themselves. How to Write Funnier gives you the step-by-step process professionals use to create hilarious comedy articles, prose pieces, and stories that jump off the page, grab readers by the sphincter, and make them LOL.

Inside:

  • The 13 most common mistakes in humor writing
  • The 11 different ways to structure a humor piece
  • How to get ideas for writing a great story
  • Eight steps for how to get feedback on your writing that will truly make it funnier
©2019 Scott Dikkers (P)2020 Scott Dikkers

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Why Bicker with Dikkers? The Man Knows Funny

This book is very helpful. I enjoyed it even more than How to be Funny, but I will warn you that he walks you through some drafts and revisions that get tedious after a while. Stick with it, as it is necessary and informative. Terrific resource! can't wait to dive in to book 3.

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Really helpful and informative

Really helpful and informative. Just a lot of practical info with examples. His voice is also great to listen to.

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  • 03-15-22

great book about writing comedy

so I don't come from a comedy background and I'm just looking to learn more about the process of writing comedy because I feel it might be useful to me in my professional life running a business. I think this is a great book to give overall insights into some tricks and techniques I can use in the future definitely worth a read

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  • Alex.D
  • 01-20-21

Inspiring, formal and educational

This book is a must-read with great insights into creating and structuring comedy. The book has a formal education approach which I really appreciate. Heaps of comedy lessons that would take years to figure out by yourself throughout the book. It is
very inspiring... I found myself rewriting my bits while listening. Hearing something new, pausing, making changes and going back to the book to continue.

The only downside was the examples chapter rereading the comedy writing as each change was made, This was great for one example although hearing every change reread in its totality was cumbersome, but, some people might appreciate this more than I did. Would trade half this chapter for more topics.

If you like creating comedy this book is quick to point out and sharpen the dullness of your writing and giving you structure, rules and guidelines in what seems like a chaotic art form.