Channeling my inner Whedon.
August 15, 2013 2:39 AM Subscribe
Hi, writers of MeFi! I am an unpublished writer of fiction. I think I am good, or at least, not terrible. No great stylist, but readable. However, I am awful at writing witty dialogue. I can do awkward, I love
writing arguments, but I can't do funny. Can you help?
posted by Ziggy500 to writing & language (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I know it's not enough just to produce a bunch of wisecracks, and it has to stem from the character. Even when I know the character is supposed to be the kind of person who is witty, I can't put words into their mouth because I am not witty myself.
It's strange because in real life many people would describe me as funny, or at least I do end up laughing a lot with people, but it's hard to reproduce that in made-up context with made-up characters.
I know that humour is entirely subjective, but I would like to be able to write funny, snappy dialogue that moves the plot along but is also fun to read in and of itself.
I am working on a couple of projects at the moment: one is a romance and the other is, I guess, a social comedy? Both could do with being a bit snappier and wittier.