I haven't posted on a writing forum before so..Hello . I've recently started working on a novella. The basic concept is to follow the inner monologue of my character over the course of a day to create a juxtaposition between the mundane nature of what she is actually doing and the turbulent emotional state she is experiencing throughout. Initially she is reminded of events early in a previous relationship through contextual cues in her present environment. As her emotional state deteriorates the flashbacks begin to affect her more in the present and she has less control over her ability to block out negative thoughts. Over the course of the flashbacks the story of her relationship plays out from start to end, culminating in memories of throwing her fiance out for attacking her. She now suffers remorse for the relationship ending and blames the attack on her own behaviour in the relationship. To try and emphasise the fact that her pain is invisible to the people around her, this is split with scenes in the 'present' where she is casually shopping and makes funny/bitchy/sarcastic observations about the world around her. She also makes several topical comments through her thoughts about events she reads whilst relaxing at a wine bar (with a physical description of her feelings to hint she is to some degree self medicating herself through alcohol). Ultimately, she goes out to dinner and drinks with friends where she receives compliments on preened good looks, shopping etc. and the guests show no awareness of her issues beyond noticing she is occassionally distracted from the conversation. On her way home from the meal her thoughts become deeply negative, she buys a bottle of wine which she then drinks before hanging herself whilst listening to music. Overall, I have quite a clear idea of how the story will play out. But Im not sure to what extent I should balance the lighter 'present' with the more deeply negative thoughts of past. Will a book with large chunks of chapters dedicated to sarcasm and bitchyness appeal to the reader of a book which is otherwise a sort of 'tragedy' story?