I’ve been working on my novel, and I think I’ve got the plot generally figured out, but I’ve been told the my characters are too serious and possibly boring. I’m wanting to figure out fun / funny quirks my characters can have, but I tend to think of negative ones I don’t want for them. 🙁
How did you create such fun characters like Walter, Sir Barlow, Tibalt, Daryl, etc?
Humor is hard to write. What you find funny might fall flat for others. Yet, when striving for humor, what can you do but write what you think is funny?
Listen to people laugh. What did they think was funny? People enjoy sharp wit, absurd plays on words, and making light of the situation during awkward or tense situations. Notice that Walter and Daryl come up with quips in the midst of danger. That’s comic relief.
When the situation is intense, readers often want relief, but you have to be careful to time it right. Don’t allow for witty comments during emotionally intense moments, especially grief. Save them for intensity that involves waiting for the springing of a trap, a verbal battle with a villain, or planning for the next conflict with the villain.
Keep your funny characters in character. Walter likes absurd humor and word play. Daryl likes movie quotes. Tibalt twists wisdom and proverbs. Test the humor on others. A smile is good. A laugh is better. A confused look means you need to try again.
What say you, readers? Do you have any suggestions? Please post them in a comment.