This month I'm participating in the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The theme I'm going with this year is writing humor. Follow along to learn more about the different ways to make your fiction, articles or blog posts humorous.
Callbacks are one of my favorite devices for writing humor.
A callback is when you mention something seemingly insignificant. And then later on in the story, or stand up routine, you refer to this bit again in a funny way.
So, in my WIP I have a character named Matron who is large horrible woman with caked on make-up who is majorly man-hungry. In one scene my main character, Jasper, sees a couple of big guys heavily strapped with knives, daggers and swords. Later on, Matron fawns all over them, admiring their muscles and such.
The next line in the story is, "Now Jasper understood why the men needed so many weapons."
Callbacks are a great way to add a punchline to the end of a chapter or really anywhere in your story. And it's funny (no pun intended), because I've been writing callbacks for awhile, but I didn't realize it. Now maybe if I use callbacks on purpose, I'll get much better at it.
Do you use callbacks when writing humor?