Creating Character Voice

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Hi, SEers. Welcome to another Mae Day on Story Empire. Thanks for joining me for a discussion on character voice.As authors, we know the importance of giving our characters a distinctive voice. This shouldn’t only apply to dialogue, but also inner thought and narrative prose. When you’re in character POV, the reader should hear the character’s voice even when they’re not speaking.

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The reason I bring this up is the number of books I’ve encountered lately where it’s difficult to determine the POV character. I’m a fan of psychological fiction, and much of this genre is written in first-person. A popular trend is to have multiple narrators with each chapter headed by the character name. I love multiple narrators (whether first or third-person) so this should be a win-win for me as a reader.

Sadly, I often find myself flipping back through pages to discover…

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