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Writing comic relief is not comic at all. At least not for me. I’m Canadian.

Q: How do you get 26 Canadians out of a swimming pool?
A: Yell, “Everybody out of the pool!”

See what I mean?

Which takes me back to the subject of this post, comic relief.

So there are wonderful examples of comic relief – Shakespeare’s Malvolio in Twelfth Night – remember the yellow tights? Then there’s Dudley and his family in Harry Potter and Matilda’s parents in Matilda.

You know you should consider writing comic relief into your scene if you’re writing about dark or difficult emotional issues.

You many not realize it but you’re readers are highly sensitive. It’s one of the reasons they enjoy your writing so much. But you have to also remember to be kind to your readers. They are your first priority. And that’s why when dealing, in your writing, with sensitive issues that can leave your reader feeling raw, you must insert some humour to ease the emotional burden you’ve placed on them. It will allow them to collect themselves and it will allow you to recapture and focus them.

Now the big question. How do you write comic relief?

I’ll be honest. I have absolutely no idea.

But I’ll tell you this. I plan on finding out because my next scene requires it.

I’m going to use my tried and proven solution to all my sticky writing situations. I just write. I pull out my black notebook, write the problem I’m dealing with on the first line and force myself to write for at least a half-an-hour. Whenever I get stuck I re-write the subject I’m writing about and start anew.

Problems never sort out themselves if you don’t take some form of initial action. Writing in my notebook is my initial response to dealing with my literary issues. I hope that it will help me work comic relief into my story. Even if I am Canadian.