Some stories are easier to write than others, the most difficult I’ve found so far is humor. I love a funny story but I’m also picky, probably like most readers. Humor is such a subjective thing.
The last few stories I’ve written for NaNo were light-hearted. I chose those stories very specifically because they wouldn’t be too heavy, they’d be fast and fairly easy to keep up the word count.
Geeks, Greens, and Guns was more situational humor, crazy stuff happening to fairly normal people. It’s humorous without really being funny, if that makes any sense. There wasn’t pressure to make jokes or have good one-liners, it was more about coming up with weird situations to stick the characters into.
The Apocalypse Gazette was almost the opposite, less crazy situational stuff and more funny stuff. That wasn’t intentional, per se, it was just how the story turned out. The main character goes through this boredom inspired insanity that leads to him writing the gazette. In essence, he’s finding ways to amuse himself and humor played a large role. Not a lot actually happens in the story, the humor has to carry a lot of the burden, which had me nervous at times. If the reader doesn’t get the jokes they’re going to put down the story pretty fast.
Well, I can’t speak for other readers, but as I was perusing some of the chapters of The Apocalypse Gazette this evening I found myself chuckling over jokes that I’d forgotten. I’m taking that as a positive sign. Whether or not anybody else is amused, well, at least I’ve amused myself. Life imitating art.