As a writer, I move between two different styles, which are essentially opposites of each other. I tend to let the seriousness of the subject, or the mood of the people in it, determine what’s right. There are occasions when I feel my job is to record, in the simplest form possible, the scene unfolding in front of me. It’s only when I remain on the outside of a scene that I have a chance of placing the reader at the centre. On the occasions where I do find myself being more immersive, writing what would be called Gonzo journalism, I try to do it quietly. I have no interest in sharing my opinions in the lines of the story. My opinions are evident enough through the stories I choose and the scenes I select.
I love writing dialogue. The manner in which people converse, the structure and rhythm of their sentences, the flavour of their words, tell a reader more about a person’s character than I could ever wish to. By demonstrating character through dialogue, I hope the reader can form their own opinions about the people in the story, rather than be led by mine.
I think humour can be a great tool for dealing the oppressively dark. Plus some shit is just funny.