Category: comedy

The Rule of Three in Discworld

Perhaps you have heard of the ‘Rule of Three’ in comedy writing. For those that haven’t, I point you to a really down-and-dirty quick definition/explantion by John Kinde: “The first two items in the triplet set the pattern (the “straight” line) and the third item breaks the pattern (the curve/the twist/the derailment). Breaking the pattern…

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Formula Doesn’t Equal Easy

Humorists, like romance writers and, to some extent, mystery writers, catch some flak because, for whatever reason, it gives the impression of being ‘easy’. Which,¬†as anyone who has tried to write comedy knows, it isn’t. Why would people think it’s easy? It occured to me as I was reading Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer…

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