"That doesn't sound like something I would say" A personal voice is more than the subjects a person chooses to talk about; your personal voice takes into account your accent, any slang you might use, and your basic vocabulary prefrences Does your character say Schedule like 'Shed-yool' or 'Sked-yool'? Do they use simple, concrete words, or pad their language with ten-syllable tongue twisters? Do they use a lot of filler words like 'like' or 'just'? When something is cool, would they say it's 'cool'? or would they say it's 'brilliant'? 'neat'? 'awesome'? 'epic'? Would they say someone is surprised and confused, or that they were flabbergasted? Would they say 'you're welcome'? 'no problem'? 'My pleasure'? 'Don't worry about it'? 'It was nothing'? If they stub their toe, would they curse up a storm, say 'ouch!' or bite their lip and hop around holding their toe whilst making pained grunting sounds? In drawing, it is said that your character should be recognizable through a haircut and a wardrobe change, and a similar concept is true of voice! If a scene between two characters were written entirely in dialogue, and your characters have well established voices, a reader should be able to tell who is talking. Body language and other factors come into play here, but we're focusing on voice! Below are a list of sentences and scenarios; using only dialogue (ie: not describing their actions or environment), write a response, and do your best to create a personal voice for your character. Context is established in parentheses, the dialogue and/or action your character responds to is underlined. (your character has performed a small favour for a stranger such as opening a door) "Thank you!" "Nasty weather today, isn't it?" your character orders a burger, fries, and coke from a drive through, or bread and mead from a tavern, whatever is setting-appropriate (in conversation with an intimate friend) "Hey there! How've you been?" (seen at the end of a rotten day) "Are you okay?" BONUS CHALLENGE: Write a conversation (again using only dialogue) without mentioning names between them and another character; I'll read it and see if I can discern your character's voice!