I have assembled all the necessary ingredients to make a delectable dish I have in mind. Let me double check the recipe once more:
- Characters - yes they are ready to swirl around in the mix
- Setting - yes, I have an especially chilly one I will be using
- Plot - yes, this will be necessary to plump up my dish
- Conflict - yes, I have a dose or two to spice things up
- Romance - of course I will need a sweetener
- Humor (optional)
Perhaps some research will help me decide.
Browsing, browsing. . . nothing in "Plot and Structure" by a Chef Bell. Ok, keep going.
Skimming, skimming. . . Chef Maas "Breakout" masterpiece might offer some advice. . . no luck.
Thumbing, thumbing. . . "Writing the Christian Romance" should have some answers, but alas, Chef Martin offers no chapters on the topic.
Hmmmmm. . . I have heard some good things about this ingredient. Several internet sources tout the many healthy benefits of including humor in the mix:
"Laughter has a powerful effect on your health and well-being. A good laugh relieves tension and stress, elevates mood, enhances creativity and problem-solving ability, and provides a quick energy boost. But even more importantly, laughter brings people together. Mutual laughter and play are an essential component of strong, healthy relationships. By making a conscious effort to incorporate more humor and play into your daily interactions, you can improve the quality of your love relationships."*
Benefits of Laughter and Humor
Physical Health Benefits:
Lowers stress hormones
Relaxes your muscles
Prevents heart disease
Mental Health Benefits:
Adds joy and zest to life
Eases anxiety and fear
Attracts others to us
Helps defuse conflict
Promotes group bonding **
Wow! If humor can bring on all these reactions, I don't think it is optional any more. It is a necessity. I would love it if everyone that will be sampling my dish would come away with all of these powerful benefits. But how much should I add? and where? and how?
Here's where I need your help. I am just starting to feel my way around this brand new kitchen of novel writing. If you all could just make a quick trip to the store, your store of knowledge that is, and bring home some advice I would appreciate it.
Questions: Are you incorporating humor in your WIP? If so, how are you doing it? Do you have any books in mind that would address this topic.? How much inclusion of humor before your MS crosses over to romantic comedy genre?