How to Change Speech Patterns for Different Characters in Creative Writing

Updated on March 13, 2018

Try This Exercise

Take a drive down to your favorite coffee shop, buy yourself a mocha, and then sit at one of the tables and listen to the conversations around you.

If you don’t feel like going out, sit down at the dinner table with your family and put yourself in listening mode.

What you will discover by doing these exercises is that everyone has a different speech pattern. I know, it’s obvious, right? Well, if it is so obvious, then why do some writers forget this important fact when they are writing dialogue for their characters in short stories and novels?

People speak differently. That is a fact. Your characters should speak differently. That is also a fact.

Having said that, I would be remiss if I did not give you a couple examples of accomplished writers who understand this basic principle of writing. Let’s see how the pros handle different speech patterns, and then I’ll give you a few tips on how you can write like the pros.

We all sound differently when we talk
We all sound differently when we talk | Source

Craig Johnson From “Death Without Company”

Some of you may be familiar with the television series “Longmire.” That series is based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Let me share a few lines of dialogue from the book “Death Without Company;” the one speaking is Henry Standing Bear, Sheriff Longmire’s best friend.

“You are lucky your coat snagged on the tree branch, or we would have never found you. We argued over who had to give you mouth-to-mouth, but since I was the one who pulled you out, Vic did it. I think she enjoyed it, or would have under different circumstances.”

As you read more of Henry you begin to notice something rather odd about him: he speaks without using contractions. It is really noticeable when there is a back and forth discussion with Sheriff Longmire, who uses contractions liberally in his speech. Standing Bear’s speech is very stilted and precise; Longmire’s is very casual and sloppy. Let’s take a look at Sheriff Longmire and his speech pattern:

“Well, then I guess there’s not a lot to do officially. But I don’t like the idea of drug-crazed individuals running around my county with unregistered weapons shooting people.”

The difference between the two characters is a subtle one but quite apparent.

From “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Let’s take a look at two memorable characters from the classic “To Kill A Mockingbird.” First we’ll read the words of Atticus Finch:

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions….but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

And then we have Atticus’s son Jem:

“Atticus says you can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”

There is nothing subtle about those two speech patterns. One is learned and wise; the other is the talk of a young person with a certain lack of education.

Tips on How to Give Characters a Unique Voice

So now you have seen it done; the next step, obviously, is to do it. But how you ask? Hearing it done and seeing it done in print is one thing; surely there are some tips that can help. Well as a matter of fact there are, and Mr. Holland, your friendly, helpful retired teacher is here for you. Try the following techniques the next time you write a short story or novel.

As we age our speech patterns tend to change
As we age our speech patterns tend to change | Source

LIMIT OR INCREASE VOCABULARLY

In other words, dumb down a character or give another character more education. You may have a marvelous vocabulary but that doesn’t mean your character must have one. Use smaller words for one character; use larger words for another. One character may say he is scared; another would say he is fearful.

CHANGE SENTENCE STRUCTURES

Have you ever known someone who rambles on with endless sentences? Give that characteristic to one of your characters. Have another speak in short, clipped sentences. “I had a bad day. Nothing went right. Got up, screwed up, went to bed.”

GIVE A CHARACTER A RATHER ODD SPEECH PATTERN

Go for quirky with one of your characters; give them an odd speech habit.

“Like, I don’t know why he did it; he was like okay one moment and then like weird the next. Like he had some like silent voice he was like listening to.” Annoying for sure, but still very different from normal patterns of speech.

Or you can play with the grammatical arrangement of one character’s speech. Instead of subject-verb-object, have one character continually follow a subject-object-verb style.

USE FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE FOR ONE CHARACTER

Similes, metaphors….wonderful tools of our language, but not all people use them in speech. Let one of your characters speak often in similes. “She was like a ray of sunshine,” said Bob as he described his lost love. Later Bob says: “ I feel like I’ve been rode hard and put away wet.”

Obviously you don’t want one character to speak entirely in similes or metaphors, but just enough to separate him/her from the other characters and make them distinctive.

A CATCH PHRASE THAT IS OFTEN USED BY A CHARACTER

Think about your friends; how many of them use one particular phrase often? I remember the great radio announcer for the Seattle Mariners, Dave Niehaus. When he was calling a game on television or radio you could count on hearing him say “My Oh My” at least five times per game. It became his signature call and he was instantly identifiable because of it.

Have one of your characters repeat often one such phrase. It could be something as simple as “my goodness,” or “get outta here.” Just remember not to have any of the other characters use the same phrase or you have defeated the whole purpose.

TRY DIFFERENT DIALECTS OF COURSE

For those of you who do not live in the United States, we do not all speak the same. Southerners have their own dialect, as do those from Boston, Virginia, Minnesota and of course Texas. Study the dialects of those who live in different regions and use that to help you with different characters.

And of course, you can always go foreign. It might take a bit of study, but having one of your characters from Ireland, France or Germany would certainly be effective.

Kids sound differently than adults
Kids sound differently than adults | Source

TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE AGE OF YOUR CHARACTERS

If you have an octogenarian they are going to speak differently than a character who is twenty-five. Observe in real life and you will see the wisdom in that statement.

The Baby Boomers speak differently than those from the Me Generation. Keep that in mind when you are working on dialogue.

GET INTO THE MIND OF YOUR CHARACTERS AND LET THEM DETERMINE SPEECH PATTERNS

This is an important technique few people think of. A little while back I wrote an article about writing a short bio for each of your main characters. Use that bio to determine how your characters will react to certain situations.

Using Atticus Finch from “To Kill A Mockingbird” for a moment; Atticus would never scream in anger at someone; it is simply not in his personality to do so. However, if you have a character who is violent or angry by nature, you can pretty much bet that his/her dialogue is not going to sound gentle in their conversations.

That Should Be Enough to Get You Started

None of these techniques are difficult, and all of them will be helpful if you are a writer who believes in details and authenticity. Treat your readers with the respect that they deserve. Do not ask them to read a short story or novel of yours where all the characters sound like you speaking. In a word, that is boring….in another word, that is insulting. Bring your characters to life and have them speak like real people in real life speak….differently.

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    © 2014 Bill Holland

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Amelie, I wish I did but no, I don't. I'm afraid that's an inside job!

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        Amelie 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for all the help! And, do you have an article on staying motivated? That seems to be my problem.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I'm glad, Chris! Thanks for stopping by.

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        Chris Mills 

        2 years ago from Hartford, CT

        Thanks Bill, I needed this one.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Glimmer, I really appreciate you taking the time to read something that doesn't apply to you..thank you!

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        4 years ago

        Well, I don't really need this for what I write, but man...do I learn a lot about creative writing from your hubs. Very useful for folks Bill.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Nicely stated, Deb...thank you for the confirmation and affirmation.

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        Deb Hirt 

        4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

        More words of great wisdom. We must write as though we are listening in on a roomful of assorted people...

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well said, Anna, and so true. If they do not become real people I really don't want to read about them. Thank you for your insight.

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        Anna Haven 

        4 years ago from Scotland

        Helpful and so true.

        Those words on paper that turn miraculously into people, as you walk in their world, are as individual as we are, and thus merit their own quirky traits. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        mylindaelliott, I'm glad if this helps and thank you for the visit. Give them a try; make up your own...just as long as your characters don't all sound like you.

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        mylindaelliott 

        4 years ago from Louisiana

        Thanks for the advice. I would not have thought of the different ways to give people speech patterns.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Aww, thanks Dianna! You know how much I love it here and I'm glad to help.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        4 years ago

        It's a good thing we have you to keep us on our toes. This is a great piece of advice on creating interesting characters. Thank you, Bill,

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I am Rosa....thank you and by all means share on your FB page...I really appreciate it.

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        Rosa Marchisella 

        4 years ago from Canada

        Thanks for more great advice. Hope you don't mind me featuring this on my FB Page as "Writing Tip of the Week" on Tuesday, Marc h 18, 2014 :-D

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well have fun exercising, Ann. You are making me feel like a slug. I'll have to try that exercise thing again soon, as soon as it warms up outside....say about June. LOL

        bill

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        Ann Carr 

        4 years ago from SW England

        I should be the same then, as a teacher! Maybe I concentrate on other things! Off to exercise class now - will be too shattered to do any more hubbing this evening!

        Cheers! Ann

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Ann, it's the teacher in me. We teachers see things in terms of cause and effect....or maybe we just have one of those minds that sees things others don't. I don't know what it is; this stuff just stuck on me like glue when I was growing up. Thanks or blame the nuns. LOL

        bill

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        Ann Carr 

        4 years ago from SW England

        How come you come up with obvious stuff that I haven't thought of??! Or rather, I know all of this to be true but I don't always use it when I write. Too much to think of all at once.

        Another great from the great teacher! Ann

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        It is always my pleasure, vkwok....and you do a very good job at this.

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        Victor W. Kwok 

        4 years ago from Hawaii

        Thanks for sharing this useful hub, Bill!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You got it, Sis! LOL How much?

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        chuckd, it is my pleasure. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this. Good luck with your writing.

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        Paula 

        4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Ah'll pay you reeeeel big to jes keep yer mowth shut the hell up, Yankee!

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        Charles Dawson 

        4 years ago from Bartow, FL

        Awesome, awesome hub! Informative and very much needed lesson for every amateur writer. Thank you for the enlightening education. Voted up and sharing!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Paula, I have this vision of meeting you and finding out that's how you actually speak. LOL Lord save us all if it is. Thanks Sis!

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        Paula 

        4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Tilley calls you,"sensei!!!" I love it! LOL. Perfect tag for you bro! As for yer fabuluss hub, ah kaynt figger out wut yer a-tawkin 'bout.....but that ain't nuthin noo!...UP+++

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        sujaya, very true my friend. Thank you!

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        sujaya venkatesh 

        4 years ago

        as you've said observation is the key aspect of a writer bil

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Mary, I'm laughing...there was a woman at AA who said "you know" at least twenty times when she shared to the group....just wanted to slap her for sure. LOL Thank you my friend.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you Lesley! Hopefully we will all live long enough to learn it all, eh? This is not easy so give yourself some credit for whatever progress you have already made. The rest will come in time. Thank you my friend and I hope your week is productive.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        DDE, there is so much to learn if we are to become the writers we were meant to be. :) Thank you!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Um....John....um, most definitely, mate! :) Thanks buddy!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        It is indeed, Alicia! Thank you as always.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        tipoague, great point! Read the comments and you can definitely see it. Thank you!

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        Mary Craig 

        4 years ago from New York

        Right on sensei! I have yet to see two people who talk alike, well maybe Larry and me cause we've been married so long ;)

        Seriously, noticing other people's speech patterns can help. I have a brother who constantly says, "you know", until I want to strangle him!

        Good tips as always.

        Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned (my buttons are back on this one).

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        Jane Arden 

        4 years ago

        This is a very helpful hub and something we writers need to be aware of - otherwise our characters always sound like it us personally speaking. I can only seem to write the English cockney accent, which is so annoying. I haven't a clue when it comes to the different American dialects or even African or European accents etc and I know there's loads. I can do the - I went to the park like and there was a girl like and we had a kiss, like, know wot I mean, like. Ha ha. - Sorry.. I probably haven't punctuated correctly (like) hee hee. Oh, there is so much to learn..... Thank you Bill for all your help and I hope you have an awesome writing week! (the rest of it).

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        Devika Primić 

        4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hi Bill you always find the most helpful ways to get to the minds of all writers.

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        John Hansen 

        4 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Great tips and advice Bill, even poets like ..um...you know..need to use different...um.. dialogues, you know, at times.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Thank you for the very useful advice, Bill. I've never thought much about this topic before, but it's an important strategy for creating realism and interest in a story.

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        Tammy 

        4 years ago from USA

        Great tips! I was surprised to have an English teacher one time tell our class that she didn't like us using uneducated dialogue in our stories because it was too hard for her to read. I never did follow her advice. I have to agree it makes the stories more interesting and real.

        (You can even see the difference in the way people comment too! Thanks again for your tips!)

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you Abby; I appreciate it.

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        Dr Abby Campbell 

        4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

        Great advice, Bill! :-)

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Ruby, a great example. Thanks for sharing that and of course, thank you for being here my friend.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        4 years ago from Southern Illinois

        You always have the best ideas and i understand the concept. Gone with the wind would've never made it without the southern accent. Thank's again my friend..

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        DrBill, thank you very much. It does become harder after two characters. Thanks for sharing your experience and strategy with us.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you Sheila! It happens to be one of my pet peeves as well. It takes a little extra effort to get dialogue right but it is oh so worth it.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        oclan, thanks for the tip. I will check him out.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You are very welcome, DreamerMeg...thank you as well.

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        William Leverne Smith 

        4 years ago from Hollister, MO

        Excellent suggestions, and reminders. Thanks. I try to put one of these techniques into my background information for the character. If I try to use more than one or two, it is too hard for me to remember, even in editing. Younger writers should find this very useful. Thanks, again! ;-)

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        sheilamyers 

        4 years ago

        BRAVO!!!! This hub covers one of my pet peeves as a reader. I absolutely hate when the author has everyone in the novel speaking with perfect English. One novel I read even had the toddlers speaking complete sentences and using big words. What I love is when I read the dialogue and, if the person is from the south, the words reflect that accent. The same goes for "baby talk".

        I was thinking about writing a similar hub, but if and when I get around to it, I'll take it in a different direction.

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        DreamerMeg 

        4 years ago from Northern Ireland

        Very helpful, thanks.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Brian, I suspect quite a few judging from the stories and novels I have read. Just a little extra to make the writing come alive and seem real. Thanks my friend.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Marlene, exactly....like listening to music. That was perfectly stated my friend. Thank you!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Wow, Flourish, I had no idea those programs existed. How cool is that? Thank you!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well, Faith, happy lunch break my friend. I hope the rest of your day goes well. Thank you and blessings always.

        bill

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        You are very welcome, Dora, and that's a great example about the old radio programs...that's exactly what this is about.

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        Brian Prickril 

        4 years ago from Savannah, GA

        Bill, my first writing course sent me out on assignment as a sort of human tape recorder in a public place. It was a good lesson that I never forgot. To some, your topic today may be common sense. But I wonder how many others never consider it.

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        4 years ago from USA

        That's what makes writing fun - hearing the characters carry on conversations that I would never actually have in real life. The lady with the southern drawl is one I like to write. Then there is the flamboyant guy who dresses manly, but speaks with an effeminate tone - people wonder about his orientation, but he doesn't care, that's how he talks. I like the idea of going to the coffee shop and just listening to people talk. For writers, it's like listening to music.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        I like your examples. If a writer is having a little trouble or needs some extra inspiration, there are free tools on the internet that can "translate" any text into a different dialect -- Valley Girl speak, redneck, Irish, Moron, pimp, etc.

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        Faith Reaper 

        4 years ago from southern USA

        Nailing your character's dialect is essential to the authenticity of the character no doubt! If one gets that wrong, it could very well ruin one's story or novel. Great advice here that all writers should find useful! Have a great day. I enjoyed reading this article on my lunch break. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 years ago from The Caribbean

        Years ago, there was a radio serial in which the same person read the parts of several characters. That's what this article being to mind, and I'll have to think of that to successfully do what you say here. I understand the importance of different voices, vocabularies, etc. Thank you for the emphasis.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well thank you Genna! I love to hear that comment...one of my best. It means I just might be improving. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Well Danida, I hope these suggestions help you. You are not alone; this is a real problem for many writers. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        DJ....I'm trying to recover from the laughter caused by your comment. It will take me the rest of the day to sort through that comment. LOL...You crack me up my friend. Who knows what evil lies in the hearts of men? This stuff just comes to me; where it comes from I know not. Maybe one day I'll wake up and there will be no more thoughts....what a frightening thought that is.

        Thank you for the laugh this morning.

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        Genna East 

        4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Writing dialogue is one of my favorite aspects in writing short stories for all of the reasons you mention here. You have skillfully written about how the personalities of our characters come to life through their unique language, speech and thought. They “become.” Excellent! This hub is one of your best, Bill.

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        Danida 

        4 years ago from London

        I'm so happy I came across this hub! I have real issues with making characters unique and different and my characters can end up all the same but with different names!

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        DJ Anderson 

        4 years ago

        Starting this fine Monday with another piece of appreciated info, I see.

        I am beginning to question your nighttime acquaintances. Do you get

        your instructional material from some speech spectral or perhaps the

        word phantom? Or, are you swayed by some unknown force that plays

        with your pronouns or preposition? Are you experiencing interjections or perhaps conjunctions while in the twilight portion of your rest?

        Some supernatural force must surely toy with you in the dark of the night, while you snuggle unsuspectedly with your pronoun. Day after day you hand us material to better our craft. I for one want to say I

        think your expletive noun is a superlative adjective in the highest form.

        Adverb verb,

        DJ.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thanks Randy! I'm still working on the Southern accent; I find it hard to replicate for some reason, but I'll keep working at it.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Good morning Sha! It really is fun to get inside the head of a character and imagine how they would speak. Great challenge but so worth it. I'm glad you liked the video; I thought it was fun.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Joelle, this is not easy to do but I think it is so important. The authors who I follow constantly are very good at this. I still have some work to do. :)

        Have a great week my friend and thank you.

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        Randy Godwin 

        4 years ago from Southern Georgia

        Very sound advice, Bill. I enjoy creating different speech patterns for the different characters in my tales, even amongst those who share southern accents.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 years ago from Central Florida

        This is so right on, Bill. When using different dialects in dialogue, it can be a bit tricky to spell the words the way you want them to sound, but it's fun. When I reintroduced Daddy in The Gifts of Faith, I decided to give him a strong southern drawl. I can't tell you how many times I rewrote one paragraph until it read the way I wanted the character to be heard.

        Writing speech to fit each character's personality is something to keep in mind also. It really is fun writing dialogue once you get inside your characters heads.

        Love the Meryl Streep/Ellen video. That would be a fun game to play at a party!

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        kidscrafts 

        4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        Another great article, Bill! I think most fictionnal writers don't even think about those subtilities but it's important! And if we pay attention, we can hear those subtilities all around us when we sit in a restaurant or we just go shopping... it's there all the time!

        Well done, as always!

        Have a great week!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Great point, Brian, and thanks for the reference material. Much-appreciated my friend.

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        Brian Leekley 

        4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

        Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers. I'm keeping these helpful tips in mind.

        When I was a young man, I spoke quite differently depending on whether I was at home, at college, in a factory, or at a protest rally, sometimes with humorous or embarrassing results when I slipped up and used the wrong vocabulary. I eventually chose to speak as though I were at home all the time.

        For another tool for choosing characters' speech patterns, Google on: enneagram talk OR speaking styles

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I have no doubt that they do stick in the reader's mind....I did the same thing with a couple of my characters and I was quite satisfied with how it turned out.

        Thank you Jackie!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        4 years ago from The Beautiful South

        This is great and so so true. I am not saying I did a terrific job but the first book I wrote was a children's book/fantasy and I gave those individual rabbits characters so strong that I think I will never forget them and they are real to me of course but I would hope those unique characteristics would stick in the reader's mind too.

        Fun video!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I love it Will; thank you for sharing your experience. This is a tough one for a lot of writers; I like your technique.

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        WillStarr 

        4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

        Good points, Billy, and I use that technique all the time with my own characters by picturing them in my mind and then transferring that image to the dialogue.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you so much jainismus; greatly appreciated.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Eric, you've got it made then my friend. :) Thanks for the laugh buddy.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you so much Victoria. I don't know if I'm creative or just old. LOL

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        Mahaveer Sanglikar 

        4 years ago from Pune, India

        This is very useful while writing stories and novels. A must read article for ever newcomer who want to become a creative writer. Shared....

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        This is very helpful, but I am blessed with multiple personality disorder and so switch around all by myself ;-)

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        Victoria Van Ness 

        4 years ago from Fountain, CO

        You are so talented. I would never have thought of many of these things when writing fiction. This is why I write nonfiction. :) What a great article! You are so very creative!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Thank you so much, Janine, and Happy Monday to you my friend.

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        Janine Huldie 

        4 years ago from New York, New York

        Totally pinned Bill, because this is truly awesome on how to develop different speech patterns for characters and will totally be referring back to in the future. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Monday now!

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