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Deer on a Bicycle Excursions into the Writing of Humor

ISBN-10: 0910055629
ISBN-13: 9780910055628
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $10.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Eastern Washington University Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Patrick F. McManus divides his time between Spokane, Washington, and Idaho.

Prefacep. 1
My Life and Weird Times, or How I Became a Writer of Humorp. 7
Newton's Questions
What do you mean by "indirection" in a story?p. 19
Why write for magazines?p. 22
How do I know where to send my manuscript?p. 23
How did your first book get published?p. 27
Why do you give your characters and places such odd names?p. 29
Can one learn to see funny?p. 30
Got any deep philosophical thoughts about humor?p. 32
What do you believe is the ultimate in a prose style?p. 34
Is it scary to be a writer?p. 36
Short humor. What is it and who cares?p. 37
Do you have any rules for writing humor?p. 40
How do book advances and rovalties work?p. 49
Does a first-book author need an agent?p. 51
How come your characters are always yakking away at each other?p. 53
Can you define "humor?"p. 58
Is pain funny?p. 60
What about timing, anticipation and surprise in the writing of comedy?p. 63
What's the highest high in writing? The lowest low?p. 66
What is slapstick?p. 69
Stories with Commentaries
"A Good Deed Goes Wrong"p. 73
"The Deer on a Bicycle"p. 84
"The Big Trip"p. 90
"Sequences"p. 103
"As the Ear is Bent"p. 110
"Wild Life in a Room with a View"p. 115
"The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw"p. 130
"Muldoon in Love"p. 140
"Mean Tents"p. 150
"The Two-Wheeled ATV"p. 162
"Into the Twilight, Endlessly Grousing"p. 169
"The Boy"p. 177
Humorists I've Liked and Learned Fromp. 185
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