As promised I am back and with some new material. This was something that came up in my NaNoWriMo camp back in April. I couldn’t really answer this question other than with taking a look at your characters development and how much you know about them. So, of course, I went and did a lot of the research to help you better understand what to do for your own characters. This also means that we will be talking a lot about voice in the next little bit as well.
What is voice? Let’s start off with our definition:
Voice: is the form or a format through which narrators tell their stories. It is prominent when a writer places himself herself into words, and provides a sense that the character is a real person, conveying a specific message the writer intends to convey.
Which is all good when said and done, but how does this relate to character voices? Well, there is a separate definition for how character voices function:
Character Voice: is the voice of the main character, how he views the world. It is a common narrative voice used with first and third person points of view. Here, the author uses a conscious person as a narrator in the story.
Now, we do not need to limit this to one character and one character only – there can be multiple characters that have a voice. It’s not just the main character.