Make Your Writing Funny – More on Relationships

A long time ago when this column first began, I showed how you can use relationships to create comparisons with another idea. This is an easy way to get a laugh if you compare ideas that people are familiar with. Why, at one point, a "30 people who disliked this are Beiber fans" comment on a YouTube music video was clever for that very reason!

Today I'd like to give you an expanded list of ideas to consider when looking for relationships. Use it to spurn your thinking. These questions are deliberately huge so you can fit any kind of subject into them, but feel free to narrow accordingly. Above all, don't dwell on these for too long - speed is always good.

  1. Without further ado, here's the list:
  2. Who can be related to the subject?
  3. What can be related to the subject?
  4. At what time did the subject occur?
  5. Where did the subject occur?
  6. Why did the subject occur?
  7. How did the subject occur?
  8. When does the subject exist?
  9. How does the subject exist?
  10. Why does the subject exist?
  11. How can the subject be related to current events?
  12. What if the subject acted in an unexpected way?
  13. How does the subject solve a problem?
  14. What kind of problems does the subject cause?
  15. How might you break or repair the subject?
  16. Where does the subject stand in belief systems?
  17. How might people come into conflict over the subject?
  18. How might the subject influence the future or past?
  19. Who might love or hate the subject?

Happy thinking...about...stuff. I guess.

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Matt Willard's bio begins with witty phrasing that succinctly illustrates his stance as a humorist. It is then followed with a clever sentence that illustrates what he does in his spare time. The bio concludes with a shameless link to his Twitter profile, paired with an off-hand comment that alludes to his success with women. Laughter.

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