This week: Weaving Comedy Into Other GenreEdited by: warpedsanity
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Laughter does to the mind, what exercise does to the body. While exercise keeps us physically healthy, laughter keeps our mind healthy. Plus, laughter makes us feel good and in general, we tend to crave those things which make us feel good. This is why comedic elements in writing tend to stand out to readers so often, no matter how horrific or traumatic the plot. This newsletter discusses ways comedy can enhance writing in a multitude of genre.
In story writing, It can be a challenge to weave comedy into your storyline, but the result is well worth the effort. We all remember situations and people who make us laugh. In turn, as writers and readers, writings that hit our funny bone are the stories that stick with us the most.
Laugh worthy situations can make your stories more memorable. In general, we use humor to call attention to ourselves in group settings. In a writing setting, comedy creates the opportunity to do just that. No matter what the main genre is, people are going to remember the bits that made them laugh.
Humorous qualities bring dimension to characters. In some stories, it is too easy for characters to fall flat, because we show one side of their personality. If they are the villain, they are all bad and vice versa for the hero. Adding a sense of humor, gives characters a more rounded personality, making them seem more realistic to your readers.
Humor makes characters likable, no matter how rotten they are. Those characters we love to hate, develop likable attributes, creating a conflict within readers. We really want to dislike them for their actions, but we can't help but like them. I am a bit distorted, but Captain Spaulding in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, did just that for me. Judging by the popularity of the movies and the memorable lines, repeated amongst fans, I am not the only one.
Laughter softens dramatic situations. Just as in life, how people use comedy to cope with hardship, so can the stories we write help the reader do the same.
No matter what a reader's preferred genre is, we all have one thing in common- we love to laugh. So, no matter what genre you are writing in, try to add a few comedic elements. Whether it is for the purpose of a well-rounded character or added into the plot, it will help your story stand out amongst readers.
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