I really do want my writing to have humor in it, and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don't. Does that mean I'm not a funny person?
I sure hope not :)
I have known to make people laugh, but it's a lot harder to write humor into books than to be humorous out loud. Or at least it is for me. Sometimes I try to make my characters be funny, but then I feel like all the other characters look at him/her and thing "What is wrong with you?"
So how in the world do I allow a character to joke around, tease, make jokes, or be sarcastic?
Well, I'm not entirely sure, but I have some ideas
1 - find a funny person and watch them - closely
2 - if reading it aloud doesn't make me chuckle, or at least smile, then I missed the spot
3 - time to move on from just smirking, grinning broadly, and adding a lilt to the voice. Clearly there are better methods
4 - read, read, read humorous books.
I'm not saying I want to write a humor book, but I'd like my characters to not always be so very serious!
So we have established that I am not the funniest writer ever. But I want to try and joke around in my books a bit!
What is your advice? How to I write better humor into a novel?