17.21: Casting Your Story With Character Voice

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Zoraida CordovaKaela Rivera, and Howard Tayler

Every member of your ensemble has a reason to be there, but they also have their own voice. Zoraida Cordova joins us for a discussion of how we make our ensemble characters distinct from one another.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.


First: have each of your ensemble characters describe themselves. Second: have each of your ensemble characters describe each of the others.

Shafter’s Shifters & the Chassis of Chance (advance reader copy), by Howard Tayler, via the $5 tier of the Schlock Mercenary Patreon

3 thoughts on “17.21: Casting Your Story With Character Voice”

  1. This week, Dan, Zoraida, Kaela, and either Howard or a zombie, took a look at how character voice can help make every member of an ensemble cast stand out. Motivation, catchphrases, Mom’s pink coat.. lots of ideas, and you can read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

  2. I can’t help but listen to this and think David Eddings books post Belgariad. He tries to create different characters: the silent and strong one. The serious one. The one who doesn’t even speak the same language. But if there’s a joke that can be made, one of those characters will make it. Heck, if there were no people about, a rock would suddenly come forth with a quip. I love Belgariad, and he has such an easy to read writing style, like guzzling cherry coke. But every single character has the same wit.

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