Let the Character Speak   6 comments

Does your writing style change depending upon what you are writing?


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Characters are My Guide

My writing style changes with the character and so often changes not just from one genre to another, but even within a book, especially if I’m writing from the first-person perspective. This is less so in third-person. The narrative style often stays the same, though in Daermad Cycle where I’m switching between cultures, I do make some changes to reflect the differences. The narrative in the Celdryan sections has a decided Gaelic lilt while the narrative in the Kin sections sounds like an American voice. I do this to provide some distance between the two very different peoples. It turns out to be pretty hard to write that way, so it takes me a lot longer between books than Transformation Project or What If Wasn’t, but I’m glad I made that choice because it does add depth to the books they otherwise might not have.

Obviously, when I’m writing in first-person perspective, the narrative is driven by the character’s voice, so the style changes depending on the character.

And that makes sense, right? No two people think alike and when you’re writing stories from within the head of a character, the character ought to sound like themselves and not any other character in the book.

I wonder what my fellow blog-hoppers are saying.

Posted October 3, 2022 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop

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6 responses to “Let the Character Speak

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  1. The smart ones are saying the same thing. Write to the story or the sameness becomes a trademark.


  2. That sounds like a great way to differentiate between between cultures in the same story- but tough to do.


    • I write them as seperate stories. I usually tackle the Celtic culture first (inserting comments for the Kin scenes) and then I go back and write the Kin culture scenes. Switching back and forth is too difficult and it just happened to be the way I wrote the first book, so I continued that practice.


  3. The fact that I’m genre-hopping means that my style changes with every new project.


  4. I remember I switched perspectives in A House Without Windows and also altered the narrative to distinguish between England and Toronto. Yes, it is hard to do as I remember.


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