For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is QUIRK.
In this month-long blogathon, I’ve been itemizing these things I want to achieve in my writing. I’ve talked about how important character is to me, about the need for tension and conflict, the use of dialogue, the vital importance of a compelling plot, and many more subjects.
All this is true, but there’s also something else I want to include, even in my most ‘serious’ writing. It’s not at the level of plot or character in terms of importance -- and it’s best used sparingly -- but I think my writing is better for having it in there.
It’s just a dash of quirkiness.
Maybe it’s because I’m a smart-ass at heart, have a hopelessly warped sense of humor, watched entirely too much Monty Python’s Flying Circus during my formative years, or just plain failed to completely grow up, but I like a bit of irreverence in my work. I think just a hint of slightly-skewed silliness can add that stick-to-you element that moves my stories from the mundane to the memorable.
A bizarre character trait; an odd setting; an outlandish sequence of events; or a weird and unexpected plot twist can be just the thing to add that right amount of smirk to a story.
Although, like I said, it takes just a dab. I don’t want my work to careen headlong into buffoonery and farce. Well, at least not EVERYTHING I write. So, like a potent spice, it’s best to sprinkle lightly.
But even the deepest, darkest, and most desperate tragedy can benefit from a corpse with a twinkle in his eye, don’t you think?
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