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Writing On The Dark Side

I’m happy to say I made a breakthrough tonight. I actually completed 850 new words. I haven’t done that in months. I’ve deleted a lot recently, but had not been able to add much.
What’s interesting to note is how my story has taken on a way different tone than I started. It’s become rather disturbing, but for some reason, it seems to work. The problem is, the beginning of the story is a bit lighter, with humor and a love interest. So I’m afraid, I’ll have to go back and make the tone a little darker.
How do you add humor into a dark tale without it sounding fake?

2 Responses to “Writing On The Dark Side”

  1. I’m so happy for you! I know it can get frustrating when it feels like nothing new will come, but then it does and you remember why you love writing. 🙂

    I don’t think it sounds fake to have humor in a dark tale. People make jokes at the most inappropriate times in real life, so while you do need to finesse how it’s done, it’s completely plausible.

    For example, at my grandmother’s funeral, my entire family (about 50 people) was crammed into a tiny room off the sanctuary and as a lot of us hadn’t seen each other in awhile. We were supposed to wait there until other guests arrived, then solemnly enter, but we were laughing so loudly the minister had to come in and tell us all to shut up. 😛

  2. EriCan says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Melanie. You’re so sweet! You know, my family is also a “humor in awkward times” type of family 🙂

    I’m sorry you lost your grandma. Thanks for sharing that story with me. It helps to hear what other writers think of this stuff. I get confused sometimes. I guess I have to remember it’s a first draft.

    Thanks as always for the great comments and thoughts!

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