This week we're going to look a bit (just a bit, because again, it's such a great topic we'll probably return to it in the future) at humor and the role it plays in our stories.
I don't know anyone who doesn't love to laugh. It's fun, it makes that pleasure center in our brains light up, and everyone is full of joy. Laughing is the best--especially when you get to that place where it's an ab workout as well!
Humor is such a great tool for writing. It can shed light on a subject that gravity can't. It can provide enough protection and comfort that a reader (or a character) is able to go where he/she wouldn't have been willing to go without it. The weight of grief lessens with a really good joke, just for a moment. And the joy of celebration is only that much more wonderful when laughter passes between friends. Humor is just another lens through which we can see the world.
Have you noticed that the funniest things of all are true? Like when a stand up comic points out irony of a particular group, how it functions or thinks, and you think to yourself, "Oh my gosh, that's so true!" We can reveal truth in humor in a way that is memorable, fun, and authentic to the story, the authors, and the readers.
But how do we do it? I find that writing humor is really difficult. I have a very serious nature. I love to have fun and to laugh. But I'm usually not the one cracking jokes, unless it's a random moment where things are clicking in my brain (and those moments are rare). It comes down to timing, I think. Humor has to have a rhythm, and I was born without that. It's something I have to learn. There are some funny moments in my novels, but I blame my characters for them. They are a lot funnier than I am. The primary way I crack jokes is through sarcasm, which is probably something we'll talk about another time. I'm just not that good at being funny. But I do love to laugh, so I just surround myself with funny people and that's taken care of!
So, I want to know, what are your tricks? What are the little things you do to bring humor to your stories? What are the secrets you've found? I've listed my primary ones: truth and timing. What are yours?
In honor of our topic for this week, I have a video for you. Have any of y'all heard of the Skit Guys? They are hilarious! I've seen them live twice and actually lost my voice laughing so hard at them. Of course, like everything, they are best live. But I think it's something you would really enjoy!
The Skit Guys are two men who write and act out skits for youth ministry. The way they convey truth through their skits is INCREDIBLE. You get to the end of them and go, "Wow". They are just that good. For more information on them, you can go to www.skitguys.com. This video is called "God's Chisel". It's actually not meant to be super funny (though it does have it moments), but it has an incredible message. I chose this particular video in hopes that it will minister to you as much as it did to me.
My question to you--and this is a rhetorical question, please do not feel that I'm asking something this personal of you online--is, regarding the final moments of the video, what would you have trouble saying about yourself? And how can God meet you there? What does He have to say about that?
See you Thursday!
****Mucho thanks to T.Anne and Anne L.B for their help with teaching me how to embed a Youtube video!!!****
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