Those who hang out at More Cowbell know about the hilarity of “IYKWIM.” [In layman's terms = "If you know what I mean...]
What you might NOT know is where I got that phrase. No it wasn’t the #IYKWIM hashtag on Twitter. It wasn’t from Whose Line Is It Anyway? It was from Leanne Shirtliffe, AKA Ironic Mom and her post, Inappropriate Books For Kids.
I first used it here at More Cowbell in one of my favorite posts ever: Do I Have a Dirty Mind? (<– Duh. Of course I do!)
For today’s post, I’m bringing you the Goddess of Giggle (that’s Leanne) to show you how to write tongue-in-cheek laugh-out-loud posts. She was also strutting her stuff at Kristen Lamb’s place over the week in Humor is Everywhere — The Art of Being Funny.
Leanne’s 10 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up for her Class,
“HOW TO BE FUNNY (ER)” WEBINAR:
- It will improve your sex life. Studies show both men and women are attracted to a sense of humor. Ergo, more sex.
- You only have to invest 90 minutes of your time. That’s only 10x longer than the average sexual encounter of a married couple. Including foreplay.
- To make your fiction and nonfiction (including blog posts) more marketable. Humor can improve all writing, including serious, heavy themes (one of the examples of humor I’m going to share is from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas)
- To figure out how to make your Twitter and Facebook updates original, engaging, and laugh-out-loud funny. Although I’m primarily discussing full-length works, I’ll use many examples from Twitter (from famous people to WANA’s own Paige Kellerman) to demonstrate the structure of a joke.
- Because you will learn 10 takeaway strategies you can start using in your writing that very day.
- To laugh. We will take apart humorous excerpts from picture books, young adult, popular and literary fiction, and nonfiction. They will be funny. You will laugh. Endorphins will flow…
- Because you want to see my hair stick up. Yes, my webcam will be on. This also means I’m due to have an acne breakout that day. Who wants to miss that?
- To enter to win a copy of my book, DON’T LICK THE MINIVAN: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids. Trust me. Reading this will make you feel much better about your own children and/or parents.
- I’m sharing everything I know. It’s the WANA way.
- You can come in your pajamas. IYKWIM.
Class Dates/Times: Wed., April 24th, 8:30 – 10:00 pm, EST.
Where: WANA Online Classroom
p.s. Leanne is a teacher by day…of high school students. I guarantee you her class is gonna ROCK! Plus I got to beta-read her book and it’s fantastic. All of you here at More Cowbell can use discount code Leanne10 to save $10 on tomorrow night’s class.
Do you have questions about writing funny? Do you long to do so, or feel like you have the knack already? Who is the funniest blogger you know? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!
About Leanne Shirtliffe:
Leanne Shirtliffe is a humor writer whose book, Don’t Lick the Minivan: And Other Things I Never Thought I’d Say to my Kids, has received positive endorsements from Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Jill Smokler (Scary Mommy), Kirkus Review, and others. Leanne writes for the Huffington Post, NickMom.com, and IronicMom.com. When she’s not stopping her eight-year-old twins from licking frozen flagpoles, Leanne teaches English to teenagers who are slightly less hormonal than she is.