Want to Write Humor? Check Out This Interview

Want to read a great article about writing humor? Check out WomenonWriting.com and enjoy “Humor in the 10 Items or Less Lane,” an interview with writer Hillary Carlip.

Hillary talks about her book, A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers, that is enjoying much success. The book, her fourth, was based on her view of discarded grocery lists. How’s that for a creative concept? Her first book, Girl Power: Young Women Speak Out earned the author a spot on Oprah, and her memoir, Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan was named one of the Top Literary Memoirs of 2006.

I haven’t read A la Cart yet but I plan to do that as soon as I can get to Barnes & Noble to buy a copy — a decision based almost entirely on this interview. Hillary’s book is filled with humorous character sketches featuring photos of the author as each of the characters. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a copy.

Writers can learn a lot about writing humor from the WOW interview, in addition to having lots of laughs. As usual, WomenonWriting has done a fine job on this piece. You can read the full interview here, but you might to want to read it on the WomenonWriting website instead so you can also read other helpful articles posted there.

© 2008 by Laverne Daley

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4 Comments on “Want to Write Humor? Check Out This Interview”

  1. Peggy says:

    Not sure if I could write humor… I think I may have accidentally written it a few times though
    ; )

  2. ldaley says:

    Me either, Peggy. But I like your sense of humor. LD

  3. Celia says:

    Does anyone know of a travel magazine which has a specific section devoted to holidays gone wrong – humorous. I found it on the web and then lost it.

    Is there any other magazine which takes these sort of articles and pays?

  4. ldaley says:

    Oh, Celia, I wish I could help, but there are scores of travel magazines out there. I’m not famiiar with one that has a specific section devoted to holidays gone wrong, but then I’m not a travel writer. Was it a print mag or an online publication? Have you done a Google search for it? You might turn it up that way.

    Also, scores of magazines pay for travel pieces, and other kinds of magazines also use travel pieces, as do newspapers including USA Today and USA Weekend.

    Maybe some of the readers here can help you find the specific publication you’re looking for. Good luck.

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