A laughing matter

I’ve been thinking today about the way, as writers’, we describe laughter. There’s the chuckle, the cackle, the giggle or guffaw. Then we have the laugh, pure and simple, or descriptions of the act – ‘roll in the aisles’ or ‘split one’s sides’. But whatever emphasis, whichever words we choose, it can sometimes get a little old. So the challenge is keeping it fresh; it doesn’t really matter if the characters spend a lot of time ‘laughing’ as long as they do it in an interesting way.

I’m just sharing my thoughts really. I was playing around with noises in speech to indicate laughter because some people just plain laugh – a lot. The trick is in not annoying the reader 🙂

Any thoughts?


Published by mbarkersimpson

Melissa Barker-Simpson is a multigenre romance author. Her stories are about connection, friendship, and love in all its forms. So whether in a magical setting, an alternative universe, or a world where anything can happen – and often does – there is always an element of romance. Melissa is currently residing in the North of England with her two daughters, and when not writing, is fulfilling her other role as a British Sign Language Interpreter.

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