One of the biggest challenges faced by any writer is getting one’s sillies out, assuming one has sillies. Writing is such a serious business the writer can tend to forget to get silly, to allow humor and lightness to infect the characters and dialogue. I love to let my rudes dangle and to get my sillies out.
If it’s placed carefully it can contrast beautifully with a bit of high drama and make tragedy more poignant.
It’s too easy to be afraid of silliness, stupid humor or punning in case it undermines one’s gravitas as a serious artist.
Bullwart MacGacky from Ballyslatmuguttery famously said, “Them’s a grand ween oh pags fernenst the shuck thonder.” Well, he does in my writing or he will. Why? For all the reasons given above.
Be brave. Get your sillies out. It will make your writing more human and add warmth and contrast. Continue reading