First of all, a BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY GIRL, Tasha, for letting me invade her blog for my tour. You rock ;)
Let’s talk about being funny.
I’ve been asked how to write comedy, and I seriously go uhh…
Yes, I’m loads of help. But here’s the thing about funny in books. The LOL moments, the holy-cow-I’m-snorting-on-a-bus-full-of-people-because-of-this-book, the did-I-really-just-read-that-right parts in books. Whatever you think is going to be funny, whatever you FORCE to be funny, will not be funny.
It’s when you just sit back and write your character’s voice. Even in the most serious of books, a character whose voice is strong and proud will be funny on their own. And your readers will LOL at moments that you, as an author never would’ve expected.
Also, putting your characters in funny situations helps, but if it’s forced, then it will fall flat. Bring on that voice!
I wrote this line, thinking yes! Here is the funny:
This guy probably thinks I have the world’s smallest bladder. It’s like I drink a can, then empty it in another almost immediately.Apparently, not a lot of people get this one. I was the only one laughing at this line because I was forcing funny. So yup, it’s gone in the final version.
But here is a line I didn’t intend to be funny, but people have highlighted or quoted because THEY thought it was funny:
Wow, the truth survived the gossip train. I was expecting some contorted story about how I pantsed Chase and shoved a tennis ball up his butt.Seriously… all I was doing was recapping a conversation. But I let my character do the talking. And I got a big whoop of accomplishment.
Yay! I made you laugh!
When writing comedy, KNOW your characters. Get a good grip on how they would describe things, how they’d react to things, and what they would say out loud versus what they’d keep to themselves. (or only tell the reader ;)) And don’t be afraid to let them say what you would NEVER say.
Go with the funny flow. :D
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Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.