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How Do You Find Your Characters Voice?

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

For those new to my blog, each week I pose a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Do You Create a Writing Routine? and this week’s post is:

How do you find your characters voice?

If the characters are talking about nothing important, the dialogue is a filler and should be removed. Understand your characters as fully as you can, the more you can do this, the more naturally you’ll write dialogue that’s right for them.

How do you find your characters voice?

Understanding how to write dialogue in a story enables you to bring characters to life using their individual voices. Great dialogue moves your story along at a good pace, giving your reader a break from non-stop narrative prose.

Once you discover your character’s voice, their dialogue needs to be purposeful, I believe there are six purposes of dialogue  and it should do one or more of the following:

  1. Reveal Character
  2. Progress plot
  3. Foreshadow coming conflict
  4. Conflict
  5. Indicate setting
  6. Provide exposition

Do you agree?

I try to have a distinct difference with their personality and show that difference through their language, for example, one of my characters will always use contractions, “don’t, won’t, can’t etc…”

Another way to find my character’s voice is to listen to real people talk, I found a lot can be learned from listening to the real world.

How do you find your characters voice?

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