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Zara West
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Hi Jeanne,

Differentiating characters is a problem we all have. Your idea of varying sentence structure is a good one. An old professor might talk in long rambling sentences. A student might talk in short, clipped sentences full of slang.

Here are more ways you can may people sound different.

  1. Give the character a unique expression¬† or exclamation that they always use. It could be as simple as “Heavens” or “Huh?” The Urban dictionary can provide ideas for younger characters.
  2. Make sure the character uses words related to their occupation, history, passions, or interest. A fisherman will refer to the sea. A language professor will refer to particular books or writers, and so on, especially in metaphor and simile as described in today’s lesson.
  3. Give the character a habit that is unique to them such rubbing their neck , pulling on a cuff, or scuffing their feet. An overused one is a woman, when stressed, touching a special pendant she wears. In dialogue, show that action in your action tags.
  4. Also in dialogue have action tags showing the character fiddling with their clothing or belonging. This will help differentiate them.
  5. Give the character a cliche they repeatedly use in different ways like “greased lightning” or “slippery as a fish”

Let me know if any of these help.

Zara

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