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Masterclass snapshots: how to write several narrators and make them sound distinct


Roz Morris nails the issue of more than one Narrator Voice in today’s re-blog :-)

Nail Your Novel

guardian classHere’s another of my favourite discussions from my recent Guardian self-editing masterclass…

characters sound distinct Nail Your NovelHow to write several narrators and make them sound distinct

One student had several narrators and was finding it hard to make them distinct. His writer group reported that they sounded too similar, especially in dialogue. One character was male and one female, so some of his critiquers were assuming the gender was the problem; that he as a male couldn’t write as a female.

Hold it there. Some writers – and readers – believe that males can’t write plausible females and vice versa. And certainly, there may be some gender-specific mentalities that are impossible to disguise … but before we all assume we’re tethered to our chromosomes, let’s consider what makes a character distinct.

Difference usually comes from outlook, education standard, moral compass, background and the character’s emotional state. I thought it far more likely that the…

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5 responses to “Masterclass snapshots: how to write several narrators and make them sound distinct

  1. dgkaye November 1, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Love Roz’s posts. I follow her. :)

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