…no, I’m not talking to – er – about the ones in my head. Well, not entirely; they do play a part in this…I’m talking about character voices. I remember reading (although I can’t remember where I read it) that ideally each character in your story should have such a clear voice that dialogue tags – he said, she said – aren’t necessary.
I’m eons away from that being true in my own writing. But this Nano, I think I’m getting closer. I can write Michal and Donovan – they’re my heroine and hero, respectively – in a scene, and they actually sound like, well, themselves. Not me. And not like each other. They are individuals, and so uniquely clear in my mind that I can hear them speaking, and it’s just a matter of writing it out.
Even more exciting? The story is written in first-person point-of-view, told through Michal’s eyes, and about 75% of the time, it’s her voice that’s coming through in the narration. Not me. (The other 25%…well, that’s what editing is for!)
If you’ve ever tried your hand at fiction, you know how exciting this is. If you haven’t – go drink a double espresso, eat a bar of dark chocolate, and come back to finish reading this post – your overall excitement level might be close to what mine is right now. Or maybe not. You’ll probably need to down a couple bottles of Dr. Pepper first.
And if you’re a writer – you get it. Or I hope you get it. And if you don’t, I hope you get it soon! 🙂