Enter Tonya Harding. Remember her? Just before the 1994 Olympics, she conspired to injure her fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan so that she could win the gold. Suddenly, the nation actually cared about figure skating, and I found myself sitting with my family in front of the television as people performed these ultra-smooth routines on the ice.
Me, being the serious artist, focused on the serious skaters, the ones who had their heartbreaks choreographed. I was baffled when the rest of my family preferred the likes of Scott Hamilton. Scott Hamilton? The funny one? Really?
It would take me years to finally realize that the reason Scott Hamilton (aka, the other Scott) was so special was because he actually brought joy to people's lives. I was so focused on being serious that I didn't realize how wonderful it felt to actually laugh once in awhile. I learned my lesson, though. I now appreciate the value of humor and joy. But, after ignoring it for the majority of my life, I still feel pretty scared to actually write anything funny.
So, I ask you. Do you write funny moments in your stories? And, if so, how do you do it?