Have you ever tried to write comedy? It’s not easy.
Comics form the ranks of some of the most talented artists in the world. The gift of laughter is a rich one, and writing funny material can enrich your work.
After all, art must reflect life and life is a balance of highs and lows. So for today’s journal prompts, we’re going to work on humor.
Use these journal prompts to bring a smile — or better yet, a giggle — to someone’s face. Who knows? One of these prompts might lead you to write a hilarious scene for your next personal essay, memoir, or article.
- Write about your favorite comedy film or TV show. Who’s the funniest character? Is the comedy physical, emotional, or intellectual? Why does it appeal to your personal sense of humor?
- Think about someone in your life who always gets a giggle out of you. Can you remember some of the funny things this person has said or done — things that made you laugh? Write them down.
- Off-the-wall comedy is silly and ridiculous. How do you feel about slapstick? Do you like dry humor? Dark comedy? Wit and wordplay? Write about the type of humor that is most likely to evoke a laugh out of you. Why do you think this type of humor appeals to your sensibility?
- Write about an experience with all-encompassing laughter — the kind of laughter that you can’t control and makes your belly hurt.
- Many dramas use comedic relief to add balance and realism. Write about how this is done successfully and the impact it has on readers.
When you’re writing, don’t forget about humor. Hopefully these journal prompts will help you keep humor in mind, even if you’re writing a dramatic piece or if humor isn’t your specialty.
And always remember, laughter is good medicine! Keep writing.
Did you find these journal prompts interesting or inspiring? If you use any of these, share your experience by leaving a comment, and keep writing.