Writer's Digest November/December 2023 Digital Edition

Writer's Digest November/December 2023 Digital Edition

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What does it take to make readers laugh? It’s not quite as simple as telling an amusing story to your friends at a dinner party. What makes the people who know you laugh might not be the same thing that will make readers laugh. And that’s doubly true when it comes to making child readers laugh. But the November/December 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest has you covered.

Features include:

+ Writing Humor for Fun and Profit: Get paid to wear your funny pants … and write about it! Learn comedy writing basics and the different routes writers can take to get their humor writing published. By Ryan G. Van Cleave

+ Turning the Page Into a Canvas: Help readers visualize humor by painting pictures with your words. The author of the bestselling Comedy Writing Secrets, Mark Shatz, and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein team up to share their tips with bonus illustrations. By Mark Shatz and Bob Eckstein.

+ Putting the “Com” in “Rom-Com”: First comes love, then comes LOL. Learn the art of mixing comedy with romance. By Brian Kennedy

+ From the Heart: Writing funny fiction starts with love. Learn how to write humor by laughing at the things you enjoy, instead of the things you dislike. By Jeff Somers

+ The First Laugh: A staff writer for an Emmy-nominated children's TV show and award-winning voice actor shares her techniques for writing humor for children. By Jorjeana Marie

+ The WD Interview With Jean Kwok: Internationally bestselling author Jean Kwok talks with WD about why her newest book, The Leftover Woman, is her most personal novel yet, and how writing has connected her with people around the world. By Amy Jones

+ The Winners of the 92nd Annual Writing Competition: WD announces the category winners and the grand-prize winner of our oldest writing competition. By Moriah Richard

Additional articles include a literary tourism visit to The Mark Twain House & Museum, how to write humorous microfiction, and commentary from literary agents about whether or not writers should include humor in their query letters. Plus, get all your favorite columns like Breaking In, Meet the Agent, IndieLab, Next Draft, Publishing Insights, For All Ages, and much more!

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