Total non-sequitur pic.
Now onto tonight’s post.
Finding your characters voice.
Major problem when the characters sound unauthentic. They sound bland, boring, unrealistic, or simply detached and uninterested. At least that is how the main character in my current WIP/NaNo sounded like, until today. I could not put a finger on what was bothering me about the story. I narrowed it down to two things:
1. The stakes were not high enough. I took care of that.
2. My main character, named Edward (no, not that Edward) woke up and started speaking in his own voice. He didn’t sound very believable or as someone invested in what was going on, but once he manned up I started rooting for him and the words flowed from me to the page.
The voice represents two things: the character’s motivation or why he does what he does and his attitude toward the world around him. Without the proper voice the character feels two-dimensional, a mere description on the page and not the reflection of a living breathing creature.
Hopefully now that I (and he) found said voice things should flow smoothly.
So, what is your definition/take on character’s voice(s)?
A bit of musical weirdness this evening, because I am in that kind of mood: