TeaNHeartache Presents: Developing Your Voice and Your Characters

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***Note from KellyAnneBlount: I owe a MASSIVE apology to TeaNHeartache! I legit accidentally posted her post from last year. Fixing it now and sharing her NEW post for the summer edition! I left her post from the previous #WattpadBlockParty below, because it's a great read too!***

Hey, Everyone! I'm very excited to be participating in the Wattpad Block Party again! The experience was so much fun that I couldn't turn down the opportunity to hang out with all these awesome writers and of course you guys. I appreciate all the love and support you guys continue to show me. It always humbling to know people out there are reading and enjoying (hopefully) the stories and characters that I am pouring myself into. So, yeah, I just really love and appreciate you guys and this community...but I'm going to stop myself before I carry on to long because I have a lot to talk about in my post.

Also, to celebrate the Block party I will be giving away a mystery box (Ohhhh the intrigue) to one lucky reader. So, make sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win! I hope you enjoy my post!

Ashley Michelle

Developing your voice and your characters

I did my best to condense things that I feel will be the most helpful and important. If you have any questions or want to know more feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me here on Wattpad or on twitter.

Without further ado—Writing voice...

how do you create yours?


This is crucial for being a good writer and discovering your voice.

Read...read a whole bunch.

Read all the books and read them now.

Some good advice I was given is to try to read things that diverge from the genre you usually write in. It's good to see what other are writing about and how they are writing about it. It's easy to end up regurgitating the same plot concepts and voice if you only read one style and genre.

You probably want to be more of an originator. So, just branch out and try new things. I guarantee you'll find books that you hate and don't want to finish. I also guarantee you'll find some books that will surprise you and inspire you.

So, take a chance and read.

#2—Write with intention

Focus on what you want to convey emotionally, word choices, tone.

Think about when you need to sit down and have a serious conversation with someone. You will probably have thought about what you're going to say. Maybe even practiced saying it aloud so that you can make sure that it comes across the way you want and won't be misinterpreted.

Consider your writing to be the same way. You are having a conversation with an audience – there is a message you want them to grasp or understand. So, make sure every moment is as intentional and clear that it can be in the emotions, words, and tone.

#3—Experiment with POV

Practice both first and third person.

I personally am more of a first-person writer, but I do have several books that are told from third person perspective. Switching between the two is challenging but it has taught me that every story is unique and has it unique way of being told. I think that its important to experiment with this because it'll help to figure out how to convey your characters thoughts, feelings, and world in different ways and not keep you locked in a box.

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