Genre: Books for writers, writing help, humor

Length: 162 pages

Release: 5/27/2016

Cost for New Copy:  $4.99 on Kindle, $14.99 paperback

How to Write and Share humor:Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win FansHow to Write and Share humor:Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans by Donna Cavanagh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was hugely disappointing. I was looking forward to reading it as it’s been difficult to find any how-to-write books on humor or satire. To be fair, humor is subjective, so it’s entirely possible someone else might pick up this book and find it hilariously helpful – but it wasn’t for me.

The first half of this book gives a very general outline of learning to be a writer and where to publish and how to market. It’s a very general introduction; this book is definitely for you if you’ve never picked up a book on writing, never read a blog post on writing, never joined a writing group, or have never taken a writing class. If you’ve done any of those things, you’ve read most of what’s contained in the first half of the book

The section of the book that I did find helpful was the second half, where the author gives her author friends a chance to give their input about or experience of writing humor. The second half reads a lot like Stephen King’s On Writing, which is motivational, but not exceedingly educational. If you need some motivation, the second half of the book might be worth your time, but if you are looking for help or how-tos on humor writing itself, give this book a pass.

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