An author needs to make a conscious decision about the tone or mood of a story, and project that decision through word choices. That may not happen in the first draft when the aim is to get the story out of the mind and onto the manuscript, but it better happen before publication. Otherwise, there'll be some mighty confused readers out there. A confused reader is not a happy reader.
It would take up too much space to delve into every genre and every mood. For the sake of brevity, I'm offering an example from the romantic comedy, A Perfect Angel, which is my current work in progress.
Whatever dire happenings occur to a hero or heroine in a romantic comedy, the story's overall impression should be of humor. Here's my heroine, who was dumped by her guy. She decides to cope with her situation by going to a nightclub on what would have been her wedding night.
Lastly, instead of her usual controlled hairdo, she spiked out her chestnut hair and sprayed it generously.
Who was that person in the mirror? It couldn’t be the prim and proper Angelina, could it?
Smiling with satisfaction at the transformation, she grabbed her shoulder bag, and dashed out the door.
Let the adventure begin.
As Angelina stepped into Ginty’s, the music assaulting her eardrums lent excitement to the charged atmosphere. Alternating flashing lights illuminated outrageously contorting couples performing strange motions.
Toward the front, a spotlight shone on a woman gyrating even more suggestively on a small stage.
Taking in the spectacle, Angelina felt her exposed belly do a flip flop. Goose bumps broke on her arms and legs. Was she ready for the singles scene?
In the above excerpt, I depict a woman terrified at her change of status, yet valiantly carrying on. Though there are other ways to convey humor, in this passage I chose action verbs and exaggerated adjectives to set the mood.
There are many other methods. The main idea is to match how you write with your book's genre.
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