I love Urban Fantasy. From Buffy to Anne Rice, vampires, witches, and monsters, and the people to fight/love them are my cup of tea.
However, in this genre you have to be careful. It’s very easy to slip from drama into melodrama. Humor helps to combat this.
So today’s adventures in editing to go through Last Call looking for the scenes that dance on the line, and the ones that firmly jump over it.
Sometimes, I just need to tone down the drama a notch. After all, drama isn’t bad. But you have to know how much and when.
Sometimes, its inserting a joke to lighten the mood, just a little.
Knowing which to use and when is tricky, but that’s what beta readers are for!