Characters should have their own distinct voices in dialogue so that they sound unique and realistic. In this video I go over some elements of your characterization and backstory that can help you develop unique manners of speaking for the characters in your novel
- When developing distinct dialogue for each character, it’s helpful to consider five key elements: their upbringing, their education level, their career, their worldview, and the year they were born (their generation).
- Making a guide to how each character speaks can be helpful. Jotting down just a few sentences or paragraphs to give yourself the “flavor” of each character’s dialogue can help guide you during revisions.
- Editing all of one character’s dialogue at a time can help you to sink into their head space without the distraction of other character voices and the narration.
Do your characters have unique voices?
It’s easy to write characters who all sound the same. Hopefully the tips in this video help you to diversify your characters’ voices so they feel stronger and more realistic.
If you have any questions about creating distinct voices in dialogue, post them in the comments.
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