Craig Boyack wraps up the week on Story Empire with a most excellent post on using humor, even in serious plots. His explanations are very helpful, and while I definitely try to use humor in all of my books, I’ve learned more about the various types today. Check it out, and you’ll see what I mean. And then pass it along, folks, as always. Thanks, and thanks to Craig for such a fun, yet informative, post! 🙂
Hi, Gang. Craig with you again, and we’re going to try something different. It won’t work for everyone, but what does in this business?
I’m of the belief that you can’t just bleed for 300 pages. Even in serious tales you have to give the readers a breather. My go-to in those instances is a bit of humor. This can be a snarky comment or an unexpected moment, but something.
With no scientific evidence at all to back me up, I propose that humor might be one of the most planned bits in any story. Even on the written page, delivery is crucial.
I like to start off with a definition, but never found one that suited me. Comedy can involve misunderstanding, absurdity, physical elements, and more. In a novel, it’s more complex than telling a joke.
I’m going to give you a list of common elements. The idea is…
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