Stop Writing JOKES!

Writer-illustrator-vlogger-blogger, Stephanie Bourbon, has some helpful hints about characterization. Check ’em out right here.

Stop Writing JOKES (and focus on character)
by Stephanie Bourbon

I have a great blog today that will help you if you are writing any story that has characters—-so ALL of you!!

But first, here is a new eBook that I have created and I’m giving it away for FREE.


If you want to write something funny the very first thing you need to do is to STOP WRITING JOKES!

“But, Stephanie, every film writing guru says 3 jokes per page??”  SIGH—they are wrong. 

And here is why. 

Have you ever watched a show or film or even read a book that was supposed to be a comedy but it fell flat? Yes, you have, we all have and it’s like time we can never get back–unless you are a writer and then you can use it to understand more about the process. 

PRO TIP–everything is learning how to be a great storyteller–everything. 

In Steve Kaplan’s workshop for comedy, he talks at length about this and why character drives the story AND THE COMEDY. It all comes from character.

Let me repeat, it comes from CHARACTER, not jokes. 

I have a friend who is now writing for television and for years I would tell him to stop with all the jokes….

Read it all at

Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer, illustrator, and expert consultant. This article first appeared in her blog at