In her Open Book Blog Hop, Stevie today asked another interesting question:
Is humour an important element in your stories? Do you ever laugh at something you’ve written?
I split myself into three here, driven by the three different types of writing that I have attempted.
- For straightforward prose, I just reflect my own personality. I’m quite like Stevie in this respect. If I can see a humorous angle to something, I’ll try to exploit that in telling the story.
Being serious for a moment, I think that one of the things that the stroke did was to leave very few subjects off the table as regards making fun – because ultimately, the only thing in our power is how we regard things. And I don’t think that’s particularly a personal thing – I bet anybody who ever had some kind of serious illness would say the same.
- In terms of the fiction that I have written so far, the characters are just in my image. The character might seek to exploit the humour in a situation, just like I might. But I’m not deliberately writing humourous situations for them. Having said that, as a reader I have loved authors like Douglas Adams, who could write such nonsense that, putting it all together, it was genius! I’m just left in awe of the wondrous place that guy’s head must have been.
- In terms of the poetry, absolutely. Simple as that. My aim in 99% of my poetry is just to raise a smile on the reader’s face. Okay, a bit of thinking has gone into that, though, as well. If the poetry is going to be funny, at the very least it has to be understandable,
I’m not just going
to add line-breaks
Here and There
To make my prose
Okay, all you poets out there will tell me that there is a darned site more to poetry than that, that I have misrepresented your craft. And I have. But that’s my point – I feel I have to write such that I am easy to understand. Maybe one day I’ll write something complex, but that doesn’t float my boat right now.