Bite Size Writing Tips

If you’re writing something funny, 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.

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And here’s a tip from my former student, Murray Clarke. He thought fellow MAC users might be suffering from the same problem as he has, so he wanted to share this with you:

My Apple Mac keyboard does not have a DASH key. My short stories have always consisted of a HYPHEN instead.


“Apparently, the tip is to simultaneously press the ALT + UPWARD POINTING ARROW + the DASH/UNDERLINE key and … — hey presto!!”

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12 Responses to Bite Size Writing Tips

  1. Wise words in that first sentence

  2. That’s why I always laugh at my own jokes. A joke is only funny if someone laughs. 🙂

  3. Thanks for this advice, Esther.

  4. Simon says:

    The best humour is subtle as you say and comes when the reader works it out. I like it when you start a joke at one point and then crops up unexpectedly later…
    How’s things Esther? Hope you’re well 🙂

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