Take your writing tips on using humor from Shakespeare: whenever things got really gloomy in Shakespeare’s plays, he sent in the clowns. There were always clowns, even in the blackest tragedies.

Avoid the ISW “I am a Serious Writer” syndrome. Too much self esteem annoys your readers.

If you can write, think and smile at the same time, you will instantly stand out.

It takes some effort, but don’t just write what you know. Write in order to know more.

Dorothy Parker – The difference between wit and wisecracking: “Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”

Source or Inspiration: lecture given by humorous essayist David Bouchier at the University of Iowa, July 2009