As a TV critic for The Washington Post and a longtime feature writer before that, Stuever has found ways to incorporate humor into his writing without sounding insensitive or too over-the-top. A lot of writers avoid it for fear of making light of a serious subject or having their jokes fall flat. Stuever, who spoke at Poynter for the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors conference in October, has developed strategies for determining whether humor is appropriate for a given story and whether jokes that may seem funny in person or on TV will translate into writing. I talked with him in person about these strategies and have listed some related tips. Leave humor for the writing, not the reporting, process. When reporting, seek every opportunity to learn what your subject thinks is funny.
How to Mix Humor Into Your Writing - Writer's Digest
A man walks into a bookstore. Our inherent desire to laugh motivates us to share funny YouTube videos and respond to text messages with an LOL or the iconic smiley face. You may think that when it comes to writing, humor is best used only in fiction or satire. Both of these are also excellent reasons to incorporate humor in your nonfiction. As a communication tool, effective use of humor can humanize you, cementing your bond with readers.