1. Flying Geese

    Flying Geese Senior Member

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    Showing Laughter

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Flying Geese, Oct 26, 2013.

    I have noticed that throughout my book there is a lot of laughter. I want to show laughter in more ways than just the tag "he/she chuckled/ laughed" and just saying he/she laughed.

    What are some different ways to show laughter and light-heartedness?
     
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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    doubled over
    fell off his seat
    burst out laughing
    couldn't keep a straight face
     
  3. Flying Geese

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    Thanks Ginger!
     
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    I am quite fond of..."Muahahahahahaahahaha"

    Just kidding!
     
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    Be careful of showing laughter. If you are putting up signs saying "THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY" then don't. The reader will decide whether it's funny or not, and is unlikely to appreciate being told they're wrong. If there's another reason for the laughter -- contempt, for instance -- then perhaps you could just show the contempt in their words, and cut down the number of times you need to tell the reader that they laughed.
     

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