Laughter Is the Best Medicine -- If They Get The Joke
Laughter, or at least a smile, is the best medicine for helping us forget our troubles for the moment. The ability to make people smile and laugh is a gift. The thing is, your audience of one or one hundred must understand the joke -- or even the fact that what you say is intended to be funny.
In writing, humor can be difficult to express. Unless your reader, your audience realizes that humor is intended, s/he may come away confused and unsure of the message.
In writing, there is no body language, no voice inflections -- none of the signals that a person associates with understanding that the message delivered is intended to be humor.
The Internet has developed all sorts of symbols for various things, but none for humor. If there were such a symbol, then the reader would be clued into the intention of humor.
More than once I've written a post or a comment intended to be wry or sly humor, only to have the message fall flat on its face. It's because as the writer, I haven't done a sufficient job of notifying the reader of my intentions.
Have you found this to be true for you? How do you handle humor in your writing?
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