It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.
J is for Jokers/Jesters
Most of us love a good laugh and appreciate the people who are able to artfully tell a good joke.
Delivery is key in a lot of humor and some of it can be difficult to portray in novels or short stories – a quirk of lips, raising an eyebrow (this happens in SO many romance novels, it’s almost ridiculous and yet I still enjoy it), a wink, or a subtle change in voice.
There are different types of humor for different genres and writing styles. My humor tends to run from silly to bawdy (emphasis on the latter), which fits nicely into my favorite genre, contemporary romance. But not all genres fit with every type of humor – I’ve found this to be so when I’ve tried to write more dark and hard-nosed detective stories. I find that I can’t keep up the more dark elements of the story without adding in small jokes that don’t seem to fit with the rest of the mood. Perhaps the solution is to write more quirky heroines in my stories or try to avoid my need to throw in humor to lighten the mood… we’ll see.
Do you add humor in your stories?