The 3 Steps to Writing Humor: Channeling Erma

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by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick

 

We writers all have our heroes. Depending on your genre, personal taste, and even reading experiences that go back as far as grade school, your writing hero might be Edgar Allen Poe or Tolkien, Hemingway or Jane Austen, Mark Twain or James Patterson.

But ask a humor writer to list his role models and you’ll almost certainly find Erma Bombeck.

More than twenty years after her death, Bombeck’s relatable, self-deprecating stories still have the uncanny ability to leave readers laughing out loud, not so much at her, but at themselves. You don’t have to be a mother to laugh at Erma’s take on parenting. (“Once they put a hamster on my chest and when I bolted upright they asked, ‘Do you have any alcohol for the chemistry set?’”)

via The 3 Steps to Writing Humor: Channeling Erma