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.
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!!”