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Sunday, May 19

Sunday Writing Tip: Make Sure Your Characters Have Their Own Voices

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Each week, I’ll offer a tip you can take and apply to your WIP to help improve it. They’ll be easy to do and shouldn’t take long, so they’ll be tips you can do without taking up your Sunday. Though I do reserve the right to offer a good tip now and then that will take longer—but only because it would apply to the entire manuscript.

This week, check the voices of your main characters and make sure they all have unique voices


If you can hand lines of dialogue to another character and they read just fine no matter who says them, the characters might not be individuals yet—or their dialogue isn’t reflecting that individuality. While not every single line has to sound different, each character ought to have traits unique to them and voice that shows who they are.

For more on creating character voice in your novel, try these articles:

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