• Jeff Dean

Sense of Humor

Though most of my upcoming novel (Tagenji: Regression) is filled with sadness and loss, it also has some lighter moments. In fact, there is a lot more humor in it than you might think, and that’s only because Hotaru (my main character) is very jaded. She often tends to forget the horror that’s going on around her and covers up her doubt and fear with humor.

Humor has been a major aspect of my life - being the goof ball of the family. While growing up, I’d make comedic video sketches on my old 8mm camcorder, and watch all sorts of silly movies with like-minded friends. Though I’d like to think my comedic sense is a bit off the wall sometimes, or just plain weird, I couldn’t imagine writing a novel without this odd sense of humor built into it.

Somebody who can make you laugh is somebody who you can easily start to trust and that’s probably because people with evil in their hearts don’t typically go out of their way to make you smile. As much as I appreciate a kind-hearted soul, my series has its fair share of dark-spirited people. You just need an oddball in there to balance it all out.

I can’t wait to start writing more about the Spiritians. They are the silliest bunch around, and they thrive on humor and kindness – enough to make even the most wicked people sick. Positive energy is a necessity for them. If they were to dwell in negativity for too long, well…let’s say, you don’t want to be around when that happens.

I’m all for a good bleak tale here and there, but my heart can only handle so much sorrow. If there’s no light-heartedness mixed into the story, then it’s difficult for me to stay interested or invested in it.

How about you? Do you feel humor is an important aspect when writing a novel? Or could you do without?

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