~ Screenwriter Matt Bird did an interesting series of posts a while back on creating compelling characters, and in one of them he addresses voice.
Start with a few rules. Do they talk a lot or a little? Use complete sentences or not? Are they self-aware or oblivious? Lay these rules down and stick to them. Eventually an oblivious character can reveal an unsuspected self-awareness, for instance, but never be in a hurry to surprise the audience. Let them act dependably for as long as possible, and only reverse our expectations when we least expect it.You can read the rest of the post here. And check out the entire series, it's very helpful.
~ The lovely (and newly agented) Wendy Sparrow did an extremely cool post on voice last month. If you want a hands-on example of how you can make characters sound unique and realistic, check this out.
Losing My Voice to Find Theirs
Well, I think that does it. Thanks for the great comments and questions on this series everyone! If there was something I didn't address or if you have a great link to voice advice, leave a comment and let me know.
See you Wednesday!
You can find the rest of the voice series here:
Talking about Voice, part 1: What is it?
Talking about Voice, part 2: Three authors, three books
Talking about Voice, part 3: One author, three books
Talking about Voice, part 4: Viewpoint voices
Talking about Voice, part 5: Differences in character dialogue