Why: We use different ways of talking depending on whom we address.Creating sudden shifts in how a character talks in scenarios such as this helps us remember to vary a character’s expression according to their circumstances.9.Character one hates public displays and is trying to be hushed, character two doesn’t care at all what the other patrons think. Why: Conflict in dialogue makes it lively and the raised stakes draw readers in.
Rewrite the piece from the viewpoint of the villain(s).
Why: Rewriting a protagonist’s scenes from the antagonist’s perspective can help you create a more realistic sense of threat, since you will be able to picture the protagonist as well as antagonist’s movements and psychological state clearer.3.
You’re telling the reader what your character thinks your character, not an observer.
When you rewrite in third person (if you prefer this POV), some of this immediacy will carry over.2.
Why: Character development makes your characters feel real.
Rewriting scenes from the POV of younger and older versions of your characters will give you a sense of how your characters’ voices and concerns could change over the course of your novel realistically.5.
Take several lines of dialogue (either your own or another writer’s work) that use dialogue tags (‘he said’, ‘she said’).
Rewrite the exchange without any dialogue tags, describing each character’s body language (e.g.
When you’re finished, join Now Novel for step-by-step prompts that will help you brainstorm your book:1. She visits her favourite public place and sees something that makes her want to stay.
Describe this in 500 words, using third person POV (he/she). Why: Rewriting third person scenes (especially emotional ones) in first person helps you find your character’s voice.