Different Character Voices – Monday Music Tips To Write To

photo by barcojorge

photo by barcojorge

Getting into character is vitally important when stepping into the Point of View of a character. Each character has a sound all their own. Some speak with colloquialisms, others with prose. Some speak with short, choppy sentences, others with a long drawn out beat-around-the-bush. Some characters are snarky, others flat as a day old pop.

As writers we change POVs often in our stories and it can be difficult to make sure their dialogue voices don’t blend together on the page instead of remaining distinctive.

Music can help create the voice of your character on the page as you listen to their POV sound. Call me quirky, but I find it helpful to listen to a sound that I associate with my character’s dialogue voice.

Examples of Different Character Voice Music:

Introducing Alicia– She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her dialogue is sarcastic, in your face, and defensive. She is loyal to a fault.

Here is a clip of how I envision her dialogue in sound:

Introducing Brad– He is a home town kind of guy. Loves nature, the slower life, life is the story of family and those you love. His dialogue is highly relational. He is more concerned for what is right than he is the logic of each step. He says what needs to be said, but doesn’t mince or waste words.

Here is a clip of how I envision his dialogue in sound:

Introducing Toby- Toby walks with a bounce step and loves rhythms. His is punctuated with the vernacular in short blasts of thought. He is an out of the box thinker. He loves his computer games, science fiction, and way out there ideas.

Here is a clip of how I envision his dialogue in sound:

Introducing Vince- Our villain hangs in the wrong circles and has mastered the nuance of threat. His words are dark, but amazingly devoid of emotional connection. He is creepy and his words parlay that.,

Here is a clip of how I envision his dialogue in sound:

(Notice the punctuation of sounds at different places. These can be burst of anger and scary calm.)

How about you? Do your characters have a distinct sound all their own? Do you have music you use to get you in the mood for writing their voice?


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.

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