Different strokes for different folks; or problems with varying character voice

10,327 words.

Boom.

Daily word count: 357

10,000 words. It’s a deeply satisfying threshold to reach. I’m getting the hang of getting the words down and I’m getting more comfortable with them being awful.

My motto: A First Draft Is Allowed To Be Shitty.

As far as motto’s go It’s not exactly ‘life is what you make it’, but…meh. Whatever.

Today’s big problem: My POV characters sound the same. This is a real issue – one is a my MC hero and one is a distinctly bad dude (main villain? I’m not sure yet). They shouldn’t sound anything alike, yet looking over what I’ve written they sound identical. They pretty much sound like me.

I don’t need to solve this problem now, it’s a First Draft.

Sing it with me again:

♫SHITTY IS FINE♫

But at some stage I will need to find a way to get my voice out of there and put their voices in there. And I gotta admit I’m not really sure how to do this.

I’m going to go back over my reading advice books (Wendig, the Stephen King ‘On Book’ etc) to see what they say, but what do you think?

How do you make your characters individuals?

Today’s soundtrack (these songs have been going around in my head for days)

 

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