At the James River Writers Conference, I sat in on a panel about infusing humor into your writing.
Though there’s no magic spell for doing so, I was able to gather a few tips:
- humor comes from places that are inappropriate and unexpected
- using humor effectively can allow you to lead the reader down a darker, more profound path
- it can disarm readers, so you can level an unexpected blow
- no character is flat, however, if you have an overly serious or angry character, having said character smile–or laugh–just once, can impact how they’re viewed by adding unexpected depth
- humor is personality driven
- characters can bond over similar senses of humor
- awkwardness is hilarious
- some people are just funny, some people just have funny moments (my favorite takeaway from the panel)
So, do you add humor in your own writing? Do you shy away from it? I’d love to add more haha-moments to my own stories. My leading influence in this endeavor is author, Gail Carriger. Her stories are so balanced between humor, action, and love.
Do you have a favorite humor-wielding author? Please share in the comments below! We’re all in this writing thing together!