A Humorous Education?

by Tinkerbell 4 replies
I've been planning out a number of ebooks related to IM, but when I try to write "just the facts" I get mind-numbingly bored and go off to do something else. Which means my ebooks aren't getting written.

So today I was wondering...why not juice them up a little bit, slap a little funny between the pages? It worked pretty well for relieving my boredom when writing, but then I wondered...will people like "reading" these? I mean, when you're after "information" and "education" would a little humor sprinkled throughout put you off?

Then I thought about the "dummies" like of books, and figured it'd probably be okay.

What's your opinion? Does funny help you learn? Or does it just get in the way of what you're trying to "know"?

Smaoineamh Síog
The Idea Fairy
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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi Tina,

    First I think the first thing is you say being funny will help you write. That's the best reason to do it. Whatever gets your creative juices flowing is what you should use.

    Second. Yes, I like a little fun mixed in with a serious topic if it's appropriate and doesn't detract from the subject.

    Finally, Many Successful Marketers including some Warriors have a lot of comic relief in their how to ebooks.

    George Wright
    "The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." Mickey Spillane
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    I personally appreciate some light humor - just enough for me to know you're an individual (a witty, funny individual) and not a machine.

    Yes, funny keeps my attention longer which means I'm more likely to learn.

    Having said that, I do think everyone's sense of humor is not the same and what is funny to some is not funny to others.

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman

    If 'funny' is your voice, use it...and be damned with anyone who tells you otherwise.


    Not promoting right now

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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Ah, I think I hit on one of those things where the answer is a glaringly clear: it depends. <g>

    Kinda like whether you want it funny or not swings with the mood. If you're in hard core learn mode, just give ya the facts. But if you're just cruising through, ambling along, soaking up the lessons then a l'il bit of goof-off is okay.

    I'm of the opinion that people learn better when what they're studying is interesting and fun than they would being hammered by one dry, boring fact or "must" after another. But that's me (and Peggy and George).

    Steven, you know what? I almost can't help it anyway. There's this sort of sarcastic wit that wants to sneak into my words and everytime I try to cut them out, I hear this "snort" in my head, and a tiny whisper somewhere in the far recesses of my mind that says..."chicken". Hehehe.

    Thanks to all of you for your replies. Anyone else have an opinion either way?

    Smaoineamh Síog
    The Idea Fairy
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