Invisible mending tip – “V” is for voice

"V" is for voice
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Contributing writer: Tracey Sargent

“V” is for voice — your character’s voice …

When it comes to fiction, knowing as much as possible about your characters before you start writing will ultimately help your words to flow, and allow you to develop a clear vision of the people who will eventually inhabit your story. While these details are important, getting to know your character goes beyond working out what your character looks like, how they wear their hair, what they eat, and the places they most often visit.

The best way to find a character’s “voice” is to have your own conversation with them, asking questions to help you understand who they are, their likes and dislikes, how they behave, and the way they would be likely to respond in different situations. When it comes time to write, the truth of your characters will bring your story to life, and make the fictional possible.

Tracey Sargent is a freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction, and everything in-between. She shares a house in Brisbane, Australia with a husband, a cat, a dog, and a bird. Apart from working on the manuscript for her first novel, you’ll find her blogging at and tweeting @traceysargent.

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