Yesterday’s topic was humor. Let’s take that a step farther. Once you decide what kind of humor you want to include, then you need to decide how to include it. This can be done through the narrative coming through the point of view character, reflecting his or her thought process.
It can also be expressed through actions. This doesn’t have to be the sophomoric kind (see yesterday’s post for the definition), like the “Three Stooges” variety. It can be a gesture, someone rolling their eyes, tripping over a curb when trying to look cool, etc. Dialog is another easy way to show it through one of your characters.
The book I’m currently reading had me laughing out loud at how stupid one of the characters was by misnaming an historical figure. Skewing a quote is another way. People reveal who and what they are through their speech and this applies to your characters as well. Of course their thoughts, as expressed in narrative or stream of consciousness, is another.
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.