Today’s discussion of Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens covers chapters 16-19. This is one of my favorite parts of the book because so much happens…so much emotion is written into these chapters that I literally had to take a break from reading just to gather myself…
My Funny Valentine:
Just like in the movies, comedy is harder than anything else to succeed at. Maybe it’s because humor is so subjective, or maybe it’s because humor requires a certain amount of intelligence and reliability that cannot possibly be universal. Hell, maybe it’s something else entirely, but one thing is for certain, (and to quote Steve Martin), comedy is not pretty.
In fiction, there are three ways to write humor, (four, if you count being funny unintentionally as a bad writer). The first is the easiest but comes with the greatest risk. I call it: “The SNARKY narrator.”