Today’s Writing Tip


You may have noticed that I missed a few days, which is the first time, well, ever, since starting these. Truth be known, I’m inclined to multiplex a bit more than I should and sometimes I’m going in so many directions I get nothing done. Since I’m in the throes of finishing up my WIP, this can be very detrimental to my progress. I can’t promise it won’t happen again.

So, that said, today’s topic is humor. (I know, it should be distractions, but that’s the way it is.) Humor is an important component, even in books that are otherwise serious. First ;you need to decide which kind of humor you want. If you’re not aware of the fact there are different types, then it’s time to get educated. Some examples are sophomoric, sarcastic, or dark.

Sophomoric is defined as “immature and over-confident.” It is often annoying, but a light-hearted romance or cozy mystery might do well with some silly, childish humor. Sarcastic humor works well in a story with an intellectual or more serious tone, such as thrillers and heavier mysteries. Dark, of course, fits well with horror as well as those for sarcastic.


2 thoughts on “Today’s Writing Tip

  1. Humor makes a story real. Think about it. Do any of us go through life without laughing at something? No story should be so deadly serious that there is no room for levity. For one thing, it breaks the tension that we create and gives the reader a respite. Good post, Marcha. Glad you are back with these!

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