So what are some ways to inject comedy into your story?
1. Colorful Characters
No matter the genre, you can insert fun secondary characters. They are often the most memorable. Don't insert them for just for color (every character should serve a purpose) and avoid clichés.
2. Playful Banter
There have to be resting beats between tense or emotional crises in a story. Injecting a little clever back and forth dialogue can provide that relief.
There are funny things in daily life readers relate to. From pet humor to dealing with toddlers, we can all appreciate life's little absurdities. That is why social media memes are so successful.
It may take a little practice and some study, but being able to write a good joke that your reader can repeat later is an extra little present. Make sure it is organic to the plot. Don't have the character lob it out of the blue. But a carefully placed belly buster will make someone's day.
5. Made-Up Words
Create unique humorous names for things, places, people, or situations. You never know when a made-up term or phrase will catch on and spread across the internet or be added to the dictionary.
Remember to lighten up a little. Your readers will thank you for it.
If you are interested in writing a Comedy, check out my newly released fill-in-the-blanks Comedy Build A Plot Workbook, part of my Story Building Blocks series available in print on Amazon and via request at a bookstore near you.
Diana Hurwitz is the author of Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of Conflict, Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict, Story Building Blocks III: The Revision Layers, and the YA adventure series Mythikas Island. Her weekly blog, Game On: Crafting Believable Conflict explores how characters behave and misbehave. Visit DianaHurwitz.com for more information and free writing tools. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.