How To Write Better Stories: Building A Characters’ Voice


Dan Alatorre

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One of the things is worth pointing out about Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – and this doesn’t particularly pertain to chapter 13, it’s basically constant throughout – is the unique voices of the characters.

When you are facing the challenges of writing for three or more characters, often your reader will  say “I can’t tell the difference between when one person is talking or the other it is.”

In other words,

they’re all you so they all sound like you.

Or they don’t sound different from each other.

One way to get around that is to give each of them are unique “voice.”

For example, the character Hermione is headstrong and smart, a very diligent student, and very quick to point out when Harry and Ron are about to break a rule. She is a rule follower. You could basically, after reading a few…

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