Hey. What’s going on here? It’s like she doesn’t have anything else to do besides spend all fucking day online! I’ve been stuck in that stupid generator room for two weeks!
Now, Anoria, Dear. You know she’s busy. Let’s just calm down. Would you care for some tea?
Tea? Are you joking? *sigh* Fine. I’ll have some some of your stupid tea. Who the hell are you anyway?
name is Private Detective First Class Owen Straff. Very pleased to meet
you, Anoria Lee. Now please. Have a seat. We have quite a bit to
And how the hell do you know my name, Mr. First Classawhosit?
Detective First Class Owen Straff. I would imagine that would be
obvious. I’m a detective. Of the First Class. And your language is
atrocious for a lady.
I didn’t even want to fucking come. Bard made me. He figured it would
be easier for me to answer your stupid questions. So. Can we just get on
you have someplace you’d rather be? Back in the generator room with
Mimi perhaps? I didn’t think the two of you were getting along.
What the hell did you put in this tea? It tastes like peppermint. And lemon.
*Cough* Mint Leaves. And Lemon.
Oh. Well. It’s ok.
I am so glad you approve. Now. Perhaps we can focus on the task set to us?
Wonderful. I'm pleased to have your permission.
What happens when you take all the distinguishing tags out of your writing?
Can you distinguish between who's talking? Can you tell your characters apart? Do they have a distinctive voice? A distinctive personality? Can you picture their facial expressions when they say the things you script for them to say?
Did you answer No to any of these questions? If so...slap yourself upside the head and pay attention.
These characters that we put in our stories, that carry our stories, that ARE our stories...They are three dimensional. They have stuffed up noses, bad hair days, cars that don't start (or dragons that don't fly...). They have histories. They have baggage. They get angry, sad, happy, scared, confused...every emotion you have felt. They have too.
When you write your characters with one voice, one emotion all the time...your reader will get bored and move on. If your "Good Guy" is always Confident and Smart and Strong and Beautiful and wins at everything he does. Gag me with a spoon. Same with the "Evil Guy". Only, you know...in the evil way.
We've talked quite a bit this week on characters...getting to really know your characters. And hopefully...you can take that knowledge and use it here. Find what makes your character unique. Give them a voice that really stands out. And by proxy...
Give you a story that really stands out.