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Writing Comedy: How to use funny plots and characters, wordplay and humour in your creative writing

Lesley Bown, Lesley Hudswell

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Performing arts: comedy, Creative writing & creative writing guides, Writing & editing guides, Prose: non-fiction

A comprehensive guide which helps pin down what works as comedy, how to be funny, and how to write it down, for writers of all and any comic motivation - whether as a potential stand-up or a cutting-edge speechwriter. Featuring practical tips, exercises, and expert advice.

Learn how to write comedy that makes people laugh.

Masterclass: Writing Comedy will reveal to both beginners and experienced writers the distinctive features that mark out comedy from other forms of creative writing. Having identified these, it will help you then to unlock your inner anarchist, and explore the different elements of comedy, using a combination of practical exercises, insight and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred comic genre, you will find guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, comedy characters and different styles.

A section on performance will help you to hone stand-up skills, while chapters on stage and screen will give techniques and tips on how to craft a sitcom or create a sketch show. Finally, there is a uniquely frank but useful section on the realities of the markets, and the actualities of going it alone with self-publishing and self-promotion - or the tools you need to successfully pitch an idea or comic manuscript.

The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

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