As long as you ask me later, after I’ve had time to think about it, to come up with the best zinger I can. These things take planning. And there’s that whole “Hindsight is 20/20” thing.
What’s that you say? You too? Well, I’ll be…
Being full of words means that I have quite the arsenal to work with. But it doesn’t mean I’m particularly fast at it. But as a writer, I can often use those little snippets of responses (and perhaps the insult or witty remark that started it) in my stories. My heroines are quite amusing, usually ready with a quick, witty response in any situation. They can crack a joke like a seasoned stand-up professional. After all, they have access to many years’ worth of witty responses I’ve carefully collected and cataloged over the years. It might as well be put to good use.
And I like sharp-tongued, quick-witted characters. Not the mean, painful kind, but those with a quick, amusing response that makes me smile or outright laugh. Quick comebacks and humor-filled answers can break up an intense scene, relieving tension and stress on the reader. An intense thriller can be great, but you need a break here and there to allow the reader to catch their breath.
I just wish I could come up with these zingers when I need them in real life. Seems such a shame to be able to come up with them later, when they do much less good!
Do you use humor, witty one-liners, and comebacks in your novels? Why? Do your own humorous scenes sometimes make you laugh out loud? Tell me about it in the comments!