I thought I’d start out my blog with a discussion of “whimsy.” What is whimsical? Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines it as: A fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art.
What do I consider whimsical? Jayne Ann Krentz’s “Dust Bunnies” come to mind. Who wouldn’t love a fuzzy creature that didn’t say much, was extremely loyal and had a creative bend? (In her blog, Jayne says that if you see their teeth-it’s too late.)
Another “angelic” example would be Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I can’t help empathizing with his attempt to get his wings, struggle to order a drink or bumble hisway through a plan to make George see the truth of his life.
Whimsy generally adds a touch of comedy, and can heighten the drama in other parts of a story. The whimsical characters are often very memorable and help flesh out a tale. Really, where would Star Wars be without R2-D2 or C-3PO?
Timmons is the comedic character in my most recent novel “The Perfect Duke.” So the next time a story makes the corners of your mouth turn up and you want to read, or see, more of a character, look for the whimsy. What do you find whimsical? I’d love to hear from you!