Brainstorming The Voice Of Truth Character In Your Novel

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Truth comes from some of the most unexpected places. Children, the quirky neighbor, family, friends, and even total strangers. The same should be true of our characters’ voices of truth.

Unpredictability is one of the things readers love, so why not add a twist to the voice of truth character in your story? It’s as simple as brainstorming a variety of places for the voice of truth to come from.

One of my favorite examples of a unique, but believable voice of truth is in the novel Shattered Justice by Karen Ball. In this novel the voice of truth is a community matriarch who comes along and says something at just the right moment.

Finding originality in your voice of truth moments can bring a fresh twist to your story. Brainstorming before you select a voice of truth can bring about this originality.

Here are a few brainstorming questions to get you started:

*Who is respected in your story’s community?

*What person in the story could show the opposite of the truth in their words or actions?

*What person in the story views the world in simple terms or black and white?

*Who does your hero/heroine trust?

*What characters might be found in a place where your hero/heroine runs in a dark moment?

*What truth can be seen in the community around your hero/heroine?

*What community events in the story could provide an opportunity for the truth to be illustrated?

*How could the villain be a voice of truth?

*Who could sprinkle nuggets of truth into the hero/heroine’s life so they can gradually accept it?

*What life lesson in someone’s life close to the character could illustrate the truth?

*What object or animal in the hero/heroine’s life can show truth?

Where else do you look for the voice of truth in your story?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

8 thoughts on “Brainstorming The Voice Of Truth Character In Your Novel

  1. dtopliff says:

    Great & useful questions. POV might be complicated, but what if readers could also know the good or bad responses of mailmen, deliverymen, to their occasional dealings w/ protagonists–probably through brief conversation or observed facial expressions?

  2. Great ideas, Michelle. I think even a billboard or song could be a voice of truth. And I like Dee’s reply.

  3. Thanks Michelle– all these memos help .

  4. Catching up on reading posts today, coming in late on this.

    Lots of great ways covered. Another could be hearing a song or some music. I know you have to be careful about using lyrics, etc., but who says it has to be a ‘real’ song–make it up.

    Good info as usual, Michelle.

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