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Character Voice Between Multiple POVs

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Writing Within Genres and this week is:

Character Voice Between Multiple POVs.

Character Voice is a crucial element of writing dialogue. In stage, film and TV we have the sound of individual characters’ voices and their identifying features to tell characters apart. In writing, dialogue and body action needs to convey these differentiating elements with words.

When we talk about characters’ ‘voices’, we don’t just mean the sound of a voice. It’s also the character – the personality – that shines through their speech. Details such as:

The biggest struggle I’ve endured in my writing, is seperating the voices between the multiple POVs. I created a list of details for each character, so I when I am editing I refer to and not mix up the personalities.

For example: One of my characters struggle with anxiety and squeezes his hand to self-regulate. I can’t have another character use that technique otherwise the two characters would overlap and confuse the reader.

How do you deal with the multiple POVs and voice?

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