Last week, I showed you how a short story, which opens using the shock factor, can capture your readers’ interest. This week, I take a look at how a humorous one can achieve the same result. We all like to read something, which makes us laugh and something amusing often comes as a welcome break from life’s daily grind. A competition judge or editor is likely to feel the same way, especially after reading lots of stories full of menace, horror, sadness etc. Whilst many of these may be good, one which makes the judge or editor laugh will stand out. Here are some examples:
- No-one understood how lonely it was being stuck up a tree all on your own. Flora sighed and fluttered her wings. One barely moved and the other nearly fell off. She was sure fairies weren’t supposed to have problems like this.
- I hate my neighbour. Well, so would you. She’s 50, yes 50 and looks half her age. Blonde, golden locks cascading down her shoulders, lovely long legs, beautiful bouncing…well, you get my drift.
- Jonas had to admit it. He was stuck. In a swing. At the park. At the age of 49. He didn’t even have the excuse that he was drunk.
- It’s over! Today is finally over. But I’ve got to go through hell tomorrow – all thanks to Mum and her thong. Ugh! I still feel sick thinking about it. Thongs look good on Paris Hilton, not Maureen Martin. Mum must be at least 20 years older and 20 stone heavier.
I hope you enjoyed these and found yourselves smiling and wanting to know more, though perhaps not about ‘Mum and her thong’!