In the current economic climate there isn’t much to cheer us, so a humorous article or funny story comes as a welcome break. But whether you’re writing an amusing article, filler, letter or short story, don’t over-explain the humour. It’s very easy to feel as if you have to explain exactly why something is funny. You don’t. Keeping it brief and to the point will ensure the humour comes through. Too long and windy and the humour is lost.