Monday Musings: Digging Deeper and Finding Your Character's Voice

It took me about a year to have a complete third draft of The Girl in the Glass Coffin.

Hours, days, weeks, months were poured into this manuscript to finish with something that I could be proud of. My life basically revolved around when I could write and how I could come to an ending that I was satisfied with. Eventually, to my shock (and probably everyone else’s too) I got there. I finished The Girl in the Glass Coffin with a lot of cheers and happy dancing.

18520-the-simpsons-dohBut when I read back through my manuscript I noticed one glaring issue… the voice had developed over the course of the novel (which was great). However it was entirely inconsistent with the voice in the beginning of the novel.

So this past week, instead of blogging or daydreaming while going for long walks, I’ve been looking for ways to make my novel pop, to really make that voice stand out. To make it active instead of passive in the beginning to match the end.

What I found was that after spending so much time with my main characters in The Girl in the Glass Coffin, Delia & Rowan, I’d successfully gotten into their heads by the time the novel came to it’s end.

So how did I dig deeper in the beginning of the novel without revealing too much about their character and ruining the twists and turns of the novel?

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1. Make the reader care about the main character(s) in the very first chapter. I have to show Delia’s personality before the inciting incident. This also helps to show how it shapes and changes over the course of the novel.

2. Make note of character goals and motivations. The characters have to want something and they have to want that something in the worst way. And they have to have reasons for wanting that goal and for every single action.

3. Method writing. Some actors literally become the characters they portray when working on a film or show in order to better understand the character. When writing, I’ve spent quite a bit of time getting into my character’s heads.What do they see and how do they perceive things? How would they describe the things that are happening to them?

What do you do to find your character’s voice?

Do you have tips or tricks that would help me?

3 thoughts on “Monday Musings: Digging Deeper and Finding Your Character's Voice

  1. Megan Sutherland says:

    Excellent post, Amanda!
    I do character sketches to help me figure out my character’s voices. Characters develop over time. You are on the right path, and just add some inner monologue and her strength into the beginning. But don’t forget to allow her to grow into that strong woman! You’re well on your way to having TGGC complete.

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