As a new blogger, I’ve been trying out different ways to really bring out the real me in my blog posts. The real me: crazy, quirky, and weird. On my blog? A little weird, but mostly I’m super straight to the point and no messing around. In real life I lose my train of thought, and completely take 100 different paths until I get to the point.
So, I think it’s ’bout time I start being myself!
Annnddd, myself being a quirky person, I thought it’d be a great idea today to teach you guys how to ace all your humor in your books!
Also, this goes for quirky humor. I’m not an expert on sass or anything, but I could always do a post on that if you guys would like! (If you’d guys would like to request a post, just contact me right here and I will definitely get back to you!)
1. Make Things Bigger Than They Need to Be
This can be used in two ways!
I think the only books I’ve ever seen use actual caps for humor before is Keeper of the Lost Cities. But it works! You can hear how loud the character is screaming and racing around crazily!
I do suggest not to overuse caps. They’re prettyyy big things, and flipping to the next two pages that are just screaming at you, does not sound nice.
So! Use caps when the character is super excited! This will make you excited. And if the character is being hilarious, then sometimes us caps for it that as well! But don’t overuse it-just sparingly, and for the best jokes!
2. Elongating words
I actually do this most of the time in my posts *bows*
What you have to do is 1) Take a small word and make it big and long, like this: “Of couuuurrsee not!” Jacob purred, batting his eyelashes innocently.
Then, 2) Makes sure only your humorous character uses elongated words like that. If your other characters start drawing out words in a funny way, it’ll take out the humor from when the funny character does it.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the non-funny characters can’t draw out words! Just make sure that your humorous character is the main character above the others that will draw out words most of the time.
2. Set Something Up, And Then Turn Around And Do Exactly the Opposite
This is basically where the reader will vaguely tell themselves, “Oh, yeah, that tree he specifically mentioned? Yeah, he’s going to bike into it.” BUT NO! Instead, have him barely miss the tree after a harrowing experience of panic to avoid it. While he’s look back and laughing evilly at his victory-Boom! he bikes straight into a different tree.
Kind of like when you have the one character laugh at the other character who smacked into the post, and then have the laughing character trip and fall down a hole.
You could also set something up:
For example, a few days ago my dad started looking up Bugs Bunny clips, and in one of them, the coyote was chasing the road runner, trying to catch him. Because he was superbly duperly set on catching the bird, he had to get reallllyyy creative!
So, in one of the clips the coyote set up a canvas in front of a cliff. He painted the canvas to look exactly as if the road kept on going. But really, the road runner would instead…fall of the cliff!
And yeah, the coyote would win.
So, the coyote only has to wait a second before the road runner races towards the cliff…and…and…!
Well, he runs straight into the painting and runs down the road the coyote painted.
The viewer (or in my case)’s jaw drops at the hilarious twist to this problem. But it’s not. over. yet. The coyote races towards the painting, trying to figure out how. the heck. the road runner…just…raced into the painting and did not fall off the cliff.
SUDDENLY, out of no where, a RANDOM van shows up in the painting and plows on top of the coyote. And even THEN, the coyote will not be defeated! He barrels towards the painting, and, and…!
Well, ya know, he smashes through and falls off the cliff.
I know, this was a littttllee bit of a weirder post today! But we’re done now!
What are your guys’ blogging voices?
Did you guys know my very first ever GIF was of a coyote blowing up a bomb??
What are your thoughts on how to write humor?
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment down below.
Thanks for reading!
(P.S. a special thank you to Abby @ WhenWordsFly for answering my questions and creating a post on it! Make sure to check her out!)