Character Voice Consistency

thedancingwriter:

Keeping a character’s voice consistent throughout a book can be a challenge. There are a multitude of factors to maintaining a character’s voice. Keep in mind that as the character develops, the voice doesn’t change. A character’s voice at its core can best be described as a character’s personality. Here are a few factors for you to consider:

  • Social class
  • Intelligence
  • Background
  • Extrovert or introvert
  • Sense of humor or seriousness
  • Long sentences or short, crisp ones
  • Impulsive or logical
  • How character views surroundings
  • How character makes decisions
  • What character observes first

And many, many more…

Let me use my character, Amelia Gareth from When Stars Die, to give you an example of voice consistency by answering some of the points above.

  1. Social class: Amelia comes from the upper class in the 19th century, so when she speaks or narrates, her exposition and dialogue are going to have a formality to them that someone from the lower class wouldn’t have.
  2. Intelligence: Amelia is sharp, so when she is in a situation that demands an immediate answer, she is able to come up with one, no matter how impulsive or illogical it may be. She has to be intelligent to survive in her world.
  3. Background: Before Amelia came to Cathedral Reims, she mostly lived at her manor, hardly venturing outside, so she isn’t very worldly. Even at Cathedral Reims she is confined and only allowed certain knowledge taught by the nuns. So the cathedral suppresses her chances at personal development. Thus, her actions and dialogue are going to mirror this lack of worldliness, so she often comes off as immature.
  4. Extrovert or Introvert: Amelia is an extrovert. She wants to be around people. She wants friends, as she didn’t have many at home. She is fiercely protective of her younger brother and will do whatever it takes to protect him. She also isn’t afraid to voice her feelings when she finds something disagreeable. She’s terrified of ending up alone. She is concerned with her external world.
  5. Long sentences or short, crisp ones. Amelia might fall somewhere in between. She exists in the 19th century, so brevity wasn’t too much of a thing. If you’ve ever read books published in the 19th century, you’ll know this. However, her voice had to be adjusted for a more modern audience, so she can’t be too wordy. But her thought process isn’t clipped. It’s detailed.
  6. Impulsive or logical: Due to her background, she is impulsive. She is about her happiness, about protecting her younger brother. When either of these things are threatened, she doesn’t think logically to find a solution.
  7. Surroundings: When Amelia views her surroundings, she views them in detail. When the story begins, she has only been at the cathedral for three years, so she has been trapped in her manor for fifteen, so it’s like the world is new to her.
  8. Decisions: She’s never been confronted with the harsh realities of life, so, as stated above, her decisions are impulsive.
  9. Observations: Because of what she’s gone through, she’ll note the negative things first. Witches are despised in her world, so she’ll generally relate that negativity to the state of the world overall. When she can’t find anything negative, she’ll note the positive, but she’ll think of a crisp, blue sky as something that shouldn’t be there because of the world she lives in.
  10. Sense of humor or seriousness: You can probably tell Amelia is serious. There is a lot going against her, so she feels like she cannot relax.

So when doing a character outline for voice, keep these things in mind and anything else you can think of to keep your character’s voice consistent. Refer to this outline constantly. Step into your character’s shoes and ask, “How would she/he react? How would he/she respond to a character telling him/her something?” And so on and so forth. Also, if it has been a couple of days since you’ve last written, read the previous few pages to get back into your character’s voice. Simply put, become your character.

spockishot:

thinking about ur otps napping is SO IMPORTANT. Does one protectively shush anyone who comes near their sleeping partner. Does one come home to find the other sleeping on the floor under a table or curled in a corner. Does the partner wake them up and move them to some place more comfortable or do they roll their eyes and cover them with a blanket whatever weird place they are. Do their roommates come home to find them both tangled in impossible positions and marvel at how they are somehow asleep. Who gets really emotional the first time they fall asleep together. Who drools on the other one’s chest. Who wakes up with the other’s hair in their nose. these are the necessary questions. 

DEVIL MAY DO THE DISHES

keepinitssstylish:

yoooo i know i have a lot of indies on this blog, so i wanted to let you know that i made a shiny new indie blog for you to interact with! rejoice!

please note that this isn’t quite the same dante i play on this blog — it’s the same person, but older, and with a bratty preteen nero attached to his hip. other than that, basically the same. enjoy!

lemiel14n3:

togamu:

imagine your OTP just sleeping in the same bed.

no kissing, no sex, no words.

Just the sound of their relaxed breaths and just the slight touch of their hands, feeling so warm and safe sleeping next to the one they love..

Imagine that.

Now imagine that one of them snores

ssshowtime:

stylish-alastor:

ssshowtime:

So there’s this tiny cat that refuses to leave me alone. At least the resident jerk is acting like a papa cat.

There’s another cat? You have cats? I want them!

If you want cats, go adopt them at a shelter or something.

Can’t I just take the ones you have and don’t want? I’m not saying I won’t go to a shelter, but if you’re stressing about what to do with them I can just as easily take them off your hands. :-)

ssshowtime:

So there’s this tiny cat that refuses to leave me alone. At least the resident jerk is acting like a papa cat.

There’s another cat? You have cats? I want them!

Replace the vowels in your URL with “oodle”

(Source: beast-bones)

linneaionel:

My first draft of Alastor ” Squid of inescapable doom” from Viewtiful Joe :)
I will work on it more, but here it is for now!

Watch the series!

linneaionel:

My first draft of Alastor ” Squid of inescapable doom” from Viewtiful Joe :
)

I will work on it more, but here it is for now!

Watch the series!

daftwithoneshoe:

sirlightbulb:

communistweed:

sirlightbulb:

i don’t even understand how boy bands from the late 90’s dance so well

yeah they’re always so nsync

YOU FUCKING DIDNT

Alright, calm down, if you’re going to fight, take it to the back street, boys.

sassyabrahamlincoln:

sassyabrahamlincoln:

4 score and 20 years ago i blazed it

now im stoned
image

(Source: sassyabrahamlincoln)

Knowing someone isn’t coming back doesn’t mean you ever stop waiting.

Toby Barlow (via)

ivegottobethere:

ima-ho-ho-ho:

rneerkat:

snapfox:

rneerkat:

rneerkat:

what happens to nitrogen when the sun rises

it becomes daytrogen

I’m going to bed.

good nitrogen

sleep tightrogen

don’t let the bed bugs bitrogen

writeworld:

Writer’s Block
A picture says a thousand words. Write them.
Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.
Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

writeworld:

Writer’s Block

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

hellfirebyhand:

stylish-alastor:

Hmph. Your life wasn’t the same the second you met me. If I were you, I’d be flattered!

You’re right, I became infinitely more annoyed right after I met you.

Infinitely? Now I’m really proud of myself; I’ve done the impossible!

I’m going to put this out there, and I really don’t care what anybody thinks, because plagiarism is plagiarism.

Generally speaking, if you have plagiarized another roleplayer — or another writer — in any context, and I find out about it, expect that I am going to forewarn people about you. Yes, that does mean that I will give out your username(s) if people ask so that they can make sure to document all of their ideas and keep an eye on your accounts. Why? Plagiarism is stealing. It’s thievery, and there is no way around it. I don’t care if you’ve plagiarized someone who is a friend to me or not. I will warn people about you, because, the moment you “borrowed” someone else’s hard work, you lost any possible opportunity for me to have any sympathy for you in any context. In my opinion, if you are a thief, people have the right to know about it. No, I will not publicly humiliate you, but I will call you out if I see you playing the victim or attempting to defend yourself by claiming it was “a mistake.”

A lot of people don’t know this, but you can accurately read a person’s present emotions through the things that they write. And thieves always give off the vibe that they have somehow been victimized.

So here’s a simple way to avoid having to go through all the hassle: Don’t fucking touch material listed on another person’s blog or account, be it here or elsewhere, without prior permission from said person. And, if they ask you not to take it — given that it is their headcanon for their version of a character — respect that, and back off. 

Having had people rip me off before, I do not and will not take kindly to such actions. I will not say that they are unforgivable, but I will say that such things are not easily forgotten. So don’t do it.

(Source: liesandtheliar)