Both are precious, but if you had to choose just one.
This. It's why I read funny books. I want the escapism.Becca Mills said:Laugh. Or at least smile. There's already a lot of crying in real life.
I hear you, Tony. I have a handful of friends/relatives who beg me to write a funny book because they have said I have made them laugh so hard they cried when we are telling experiences in person. Yet, that doesn't motivate me. Sure, I want to do both, but I want to deeply move people and make them think, push their boundaries.Cry -- no contest. Which is a bit weird. I've been told I can be fairly funny in conversation, but when I sit down to write most of the funny gets shoved into a corner. The writers I really envy are the ones who can do both, and often in the same story; among these are Theodore Sturgeon, William Goldman, Harlan Ellison, and Roger Zelazny.