6 Tips for Writing ‘Funny’ for Kids
- Create a nerdy but likeable main character with BIG dreams who takes on challenges but fails … and fails… and fails. Make the reader care deeply about the main character. The main character must show equal amounts of humour and pathos.
- Create funny situations and scenes around your main character. Insert funny smells, unpredictable twists and physical humour like tripping over and being covered by yicky stuff. Act out the scenes to make the situations become alive with action and reaction.
- Create a crazy quirky family, a mum and a dad, brother and sister with zany memorable faults. Jo-Kin’s dad is scared of heights, he even gets dizzy combing his hair. Jo-Kin’s dotty mum wears a fluffy dressing gown with doogy biscuits stuck to it. She sings funny songs and is in love with her dog.
- Give your main characters funny acronyms or clever code names Josh Atkins became Jo-Kin and side kick, Samuel Jones who loved to stuff sandwiches into his pockets, became Sam-Wich.
- Make the antagonist scary and menacing at first then later funny and quirky in appearance and what he does. Make us see the monster for what he truly is.
- Give yourself time to add extra humour into the scenes and chapters in each subsequent draft. Ask your critique buddies for any extra ideas to add humour.