I love books that make me laugh. If a writer can elicit a smile, chuckle or make me giggle out loud, I rate the book as a winner. Laughing makes me feel good. I like leaving a story with a smile on my face.
Writing humor, however, it is not an easy task. Those of us who write humorous novels must rely solely on the power of our words. Photos, actors and sound tracks are not available to bring our humor to life. We must craft the situations and reactions using just the right language and dialogue. Sometimes it works and other times (more often than not) the scene goes out the window.
I know I won’t always be able to make everyone laugh. After all, we each have a different idea of what’s funny. There are even people I refer to as "humor-challenged." So, I just have to go with what feels right. How do I use humor in my writing? I look for the humor in everyday life. People would rather laugh than cry when faced with difficult life experiences such as death, disease or hardship. I play off experiences I’ve had, nearly had, or have happened to a friend. Most importantly, I’m not afraid to laugh at myself. I find the best humor comes from within -- an honest, hair-brained moment I can share with others through the eyes of my fictional characters.
I filled my latest Lexi Carmichael mystery novel, No Place Like Rome, with lots of humorous situations. Lexi gets herself into the stickiest of situations and causes even more mayhem and chaos trying to get out of them. I know that if I can make myself laugh, that's half the battle.
Read more about NO PLACE LIKE ROME here.
Now the question is, how much do you love to laugh when reading?