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?