I remember the first time I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I was about eleven at the time, and the memory really stands out, as it’s the first time I remember laughing out loud whilst reading.
Since then, I’ve read plenty of funny books – from those that raise a wry chuckle, to those that induce tears of laughter. I freely admit, I’m a big fan of comedy literature.
Here’s a fact. People are complex. Even the ones who just seem to roll through life with a smile and a wave – they’re complex too (they just hide it better than the rest of us).
People are so much more than cardboard cut-outs – which means your characters should be too. But, therein lies the rub. How do you create a rounded, believable, stand-out character?
I was asked the fatal question recently – What’s the deeper meaning behind your book? It was a well-meaning friend who made the query, who was probably only asking to be polite. However, I took the question very seriously indeed.
This is a subject that’s dear to my heart – as it took me nearly 17 years to finally locate my ‘real’ writing voice. It’s actually a lot harder than you might initially think!
Here’s some words about writing voices, and how you can develop your natural style.