Three tips: writing funny, national poetry month, here’s an idea

Once a week I offer three quick tips that you can take and use right away. For those of us who would rather be writing than reading blogs, this is a place you can grab something useful and get back to work. If you have suggestions, please share them in the comments section.


If you have any interest in writing humor, read How to Write Funny, edited by John B. Kachuba, Writer’s Digest Books, 2001. This book is loaded with advice from writers who really know how to make us laugh. It’s available in print and as a Kindle e-book.


April is National Poetry Month. To read about the various poetic activities going on or to receive a poem in your inbox every day, visit For daily prompts and links to great poetry sites, visit

Try This

Pick a random headline from a newspaper or magazine. Without reading the article, use it as the springboard for a short story, essay, poem or article of your own. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with the original article. Just see where it takes you.

Now Go Write

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