A common fear among writers is that our characters will all sound the same. Unlike film, we can’t count on an actor to give them personality; it all needs to come from the written page. That’s why we sat down this week to talk about how authors can distinguish their characters in dialogue. We consider the sensitive topic of accents, how to make historical characters sound historic without making them incomprehensible, and how characters’ emotions affect their dialogue. Or you could just make a character sound distinct by putting all their dialogue in italics. That works too.
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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.