Thursday, 25 July 2013

Do you need to feel funny to write funny?

I'm writing a new novel at the moment but I'm not happy with  its tone. I want to have a giggle while I write it like I did with Spray Painted Bananas but instead I'm grimacing and hitting delete.
I keep wondering, do you have to feel funny to write funny?

The Minions help, but only for a while, and then I'm back frowning at my computer again.
Little Prince Minion
I consider banning myself from Twitter, because barely a second passes that I don't pick up on some depressing news. I mean what sort of insane world do we live in where women are still having their genitals mutilated for cultural reasons? Where people are still killing each other  in the name of God? It makes me want to cry, not belly laugh.  
But it's also the reason I want to write books that offer relief from it all!
Yesterday I watched The Heist, a light comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H Macy as three security guards who decide to steal their favourite pictures from the gallery where they work to prevent them being sold off to a museum in Denmark. There were holes in the plot and it wasn't particularly original, but I did laugh. And what made me laugh was the detail in the characterisation, the portrayal of the external and internal life of the characters.

Their lives were unremarkable and yet absurd. The interaction between them was ridiculous but still believable. I sensed the writer had had a laugh inventing their quirks and habits and knew more about them than what was ever written into the script, or included in the last edit.

While I've been working a lot on plot I haven't paid enough attention to my characters and they are what bring a novel to life. It's the decisions that they make that move the story along, that give rise to absurd situations and opportunities for laughter.   

I have a suspicion that what I need to do is put my full attention on my work, rather than half on my work and half on the disasters going on around the world. I also suspect that if I relax and stop trying to force the words and start enjoying myself then I've got a greater chance of writing an entertaining novel. Perhaps you don't have to start off in a funny mood to write funny, but you have to be open to the right mood coming along.

If all fails there are always the Minions... 


Anonymous said...

Dear Shop Girl,

I have read some of your blogs and find them entertaining and more often than not having precise detail.

Well, Fun / happiness comes from within and it all depends on different moods of an individual. However,if you want to create a funny blog, you need to be at the height of your funny "self". You should have no tensions of this tension-filled world at all, atleast till the time you complete the blog. I guess its better to move yourself to an isolated corner of your home and think of humourous ideas which surround your main concept. Unless you feel relaxed and funny, how can you write funny articles ?

You can find my articles here , incase if you feel like reading about current affairs ( political, social issues ) >

Lilavati Oza.

Ima said...

This is gorgeous!

photo funny said...

this is awesme,, and well written