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Voice Descriptors for your Characters

When writing, I often find myself using the same basic descriptive words when talking about someone’s voice. I’ll often say it’s high-pitched or it’s husky or it’s soft-spoken, but that’s as far as my list goes.

It can really help your writing when you have a variety of descriptive words to use, particularly when it comes to the voice.

I found this wonderful resource from MacMillian a few years ago, and I always go back to it when I’m struggling while writing about someone’s voice. I think about how I hear the voice in my head, and then using this thesaurus, I am able to find the perfect word to describe it.

Next time you’re trying to describe a character’s voice, take a quick look at this link for some inspiration.

Words used to describe someone’s voice

3 thoughts on “Voice Descriptors for your Characters”

  1. I have a character that’s a little weird. His nickname is Zorro, and he’s based on a real person. I always knew the guy had a head full of Cats, but looking back, I think he might have had a bit of a split personality on top of everything else, One minute he’s glib and articulate like a college prof. The next he’s talks talking like a street hood with lots of slang, and Spanglish tossed in. It was sometimes a little bizarre dealing with him because you never knew who you were going to get.

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    1. That’s so interesting! I bet that adds a lot to his personality though. However, it must be tricky to get that balance right between personality and just completely different voices for one character. I tend to have characters with similar voices, so I’ve been challenging myself to really have distinct voices for my characters.

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      1. Something that helps me is people from my church. We have everything from college profs to people I’m not so sure if they’re here legally or not. I talk to everyone, and listen to how they speak and then try to apply that my character. I also watch how they act, and little mannerism. Some of that is cultural.

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