Giving a character a unique voice creates a vivid mental image of a person because speech is a form of characterization. Word choice, grammar, cursing and even silence, it all says something about the sort of person. Note: this goes for major characters only. It is not necessary to give a distinct voice to background characters or minor characters with only one or two speaking lines.
The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.
Characterization of character gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
Immersive writing: here are the essential ingredients to immersive writing, creating the fictional dream that turns a story into a page turner.
the secrets to conveying emotion in a natural way in literature
To make a scene vivid, to make it truly come to life, there needs to be sensory information. Senses transform words into three-dimensional worlds. The basic human senses are: seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Alternative strong verbs indicating to go walking.
Writing dialogue laughs and descriptive emotional expressions ranging from smiles to laughing
Getting the reader to care about your characters requires evoking the right emotion, empathy. This should not be confused with sympathy.
Narration sketches the portrait of your character and his development. Dialogue humanizes and personifies the character. Characterization through dialogue gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
It’s easy to forget how natural and common violence truly is. People use violence, simply because it works. Here’s all you need to know to writer a fighter
we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.
You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.
Step one, name your character something meaningful. Step two, give a suitable body. Step three, put that body in a significant place. Step four, him.
Omniscient is the all-knowing narration, mentioning what this or that character is thinking or feeling any time the author pleases. Characters are kept at an arm-length and equal. The reader finds it harder to identify with one character and to get involved. Thankfully we have many viewpoints to choose from. Readers can live the adventures along with the characters by hitching a ride on their shoulder or even from within their minds.
Martha Beck (life coach) wrote a book (The Four Day Win, 2007) and dug into the world of science and looked into data from social sciences to discover the process people go through when changing their lives. She uncovered the Transtheoretical Mode of Change, which is pretty damn handy when writing a book, to make sure you have believable character transformation.