Is there anything more inherently human than the desire to laugh? If you agree, and you’ve got a knack for storytelling, you might be looking to test your skills by writing funny short stories. However, while we all enjoy a good chuckle, getting others to laugh through the written word is a lot easier said than done — and a big part of that challenge is finding the right premise to get started. Luckily, pondering the question “how to write humor?” has brought you here — to our creative writing prompts directory full funny short story prompts.
While humor can be injected into your writing in many different ways — metaphor, repetition, misdirection, irony, etc. — here are a few of the different types of humor you funny-boned authors might want to employ:
- Satire — pokes fun at contemporary political, social, or other topical issues.
- Farce — often used in theatre, presents a highly improbable plot that centers around eccentric and exaggerated events.
- Screwball — much like farce, it presents exaggerated situations, but is often used in romantic comedies.
- Parody — imitates the style of other genres to poke fun at them.
- Irony — presents a comedic gap between reality and expectations.
- Dark — pokes fun at a topic that is typically considered taboo.
Want more help learning how to write a funny short story? Check out How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten day course by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.
Have a story you’re ready to start submitting? Check out our list of writing contests or our directory of literary magazines.