I always write with a comedy slant. It’s not something I try to do, it’s just my style.
I remember once I attempted to write a piece that was completely serious. I forced the story to walk a straight line. There would be no side stories or surprises.
This thing was top notch serious stuff with a heavy message and the reader was going to learn something, damnt!
When I finally got around to reading the thing it became clear I had just created a cheap Harlequin Romance low grade knockoff.
So much for my ‘Let’s Get Serious’ moment.
Once I embraced my writing style and opened up to who I was, I was able to relax and create the things that I do. But as I did something would always appear.
A darkness from the comical, clumsy characters always rose to the surface. Each one of them, it seemed, had another story to tell. A heartbreak or a struggle. Something it seemed that the characters hid deep within while using humor as a shield.
It was as if the characters relaxed. They trusted me and with that trust a secret was told.
I remember the first time it happened. It came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. I tried to fix it and when I did the story fell flat. I quickly learned and never tried that again.
As you and I know, once we go against the grain there’s always a price to pay.
A reflection of us
So what is it with the dark side that these characters have? Is it nothing more than inner demons rising to the surface or are they showing their true selves the way we all do?
Have they decided to hold nothing back so their story can be told?
For those of you who write novels it should come as no surprise once a character is complete that something magic happens. Unfortunately for me, being the creator means I feel their darkness too.
It doesn’t take long for their emotional journey to become mine as well.
It’s exhausting but I’ve learned it’s worth it. Their tears, their broken hearts and their laughter run deep through my veins.
So now I have a new story and with that I am seeing their comedy, their clumsiness and that all familiar darkness.
It is who they are in the same way it is who we are and I see no other way but to embrace it.