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How To Make Your Characters Talk in a Story 

How To Make Your Characters Talk in a Story 

There are different ways to make your characters talk in a story. The essence of this is to create a realistic character voice and have a window through which your readers can peek into the personality and thoughts of your characters. 

This is one of the areas most new writers find challenging. Thus, sometimes they shy away and hide behind narrative and descriptive writings, skipping the totality of the main actions which bring their characters to life.

To make your characters talk, you need to work first on character creation. You need to create and develop characters who feel real like humans in real life.

Good character creation is a major required skill for every writer who wants to someday have a best seller story out there, possibly on Amazon kindle or other popular online book sites.

Knowing how to develop believable characters in a story, is a prerequisite to making your characters talk in a story. It will expose you on the way to assign real life personalities to your characters, in order to flesh them out and make them to be easily relatable to by your readers. 

Ways to Communicate a Characters’ Voice

When you make your characters talk, you try to aid them to voice out – air their views, thoughts, emotions, challenges, dreams and interact with one another.

A character voice can be communicated through a dialogue, monologue, body language, thoughts, sign language, etc

To successfully communicate a characters’ voice, you need to know who your characters are, then you can properly determine the voice they will talk with.

Strategic Ways to Make Your Characters Talk

Define Your Characters

While working on your character development in a story, before you proceed to make a character talk, start by defining who your characters are. Create each of their personalities and note it down to avoid a mix up of personalities.

Become the Characters

Then assume the states of your characters, bearing in mind the personality of each of your characters. Imagine yourself in the character’s body and experiencing all the plot of your story.

Think in the way the character with such a personality should think and pour out “your” thoughts. Express your ideas, thoughts, emotions in that style. 

Do the above for each of the characters to develop their voices. This will be easier for you if you are good at observing and listening to people in real life. From experiences you will find it less difficult to coin voices. You can pay attention to how people talk in real life, then imitate the trend in your interactions, or dialogue to sound real. 

Create a Voice

Based on the assigned personalities, the character voice can be developed. Individual voices and talks would vary based on an individual’s personality. An illiterate would sound differently from a literate, a male would sound differently from a female. A rich man wouldn’t sound the same as a middle class, or low class. Also, the topic and trend of their discussion would differ. Consciously come up with a unique appropriate voice pattern for each of your characters.

Bear in mind that different characters are bound to have varying opinions and wouldn’t always agree, just as is applicable in real life situations.

Create Dialogue

Create a dialogue between your characters. This gives off more details to a reader about your character and their personality. What they encounter and struggle with. How they think, talk and react to situations.

Add Body Language

You can also make your characters talk through body language. This act alone speaks volume more than even voice. Don’t forget the saying that actions speak louder than voice.


Revise by reading to see what the voices sound like. Do they sound real? Can you relate them to the real people you know, or have met? Make some adjustments where there are excesses of actions, reactions and wordings.


Don’t be in a hurry when working on character creation and character development, because this is one of the most important foundation of any successful interesting story. Building this creative writing skill right, would increase your authority in story writing be it fiction or non-fiction.

What other ways do you apply in making your characters talk in a story? Kindly share in the comment section below.

How to Write a Long Story

How to Write a Long Story

Writing a story whether long story or short story requires you to hone your writing skills. To write a long story, you need to tap into your creativity and wakeup your creative writing skill.

Writing a long story means you have idea of how to write a story. However, my previous post on how to plan a captivating story can guide you on writing a story.

Today we will learn how to successfully achieve a long story. Let’s get right into it.

Choose a Good Story Idea

Come up with story ideas that requires a good length. The idea required for sustaining a long story will not be the same as in a short story.

Plan the Story Well

Spend time to plan the story well. Plan such that the events progresses gradually from lesser events to the big ones. And the big events to progress with lesser ones. While making plans, research on similar genres and see what format is applied in the templates to guide you.

Create Outlines

Create outlines so you don’t wander off your plan. You can apply the basic outline of exposition, rising, action, climax, falling action, and denouement. Working with this outline alone can help you achieve a longer story. After this, look for gaps or spaces where you can add more events/contents. 

Create Multiple Plots

Having multiple plots going on at the same time can help build up your volume. A character could have a lot of life challenges to battle with, …a lady with business set backs, a complicated marital problem and a fraud blackmail court case.

You can have all three as different subplots, and one of them as the main plot. This helps to create tension and suspense with a nudge for the reader to read on.

Create Backstory

Create a retrospect as to the past of a main character, the things that she experienced that lead to the present situation in the main plot. How she made acquaintance with a certain stranger, who turned out to be amazingly charming and irresistible and their relationship went haywire making her entrust him her business secrets….which lead to the present.

Add Dialogue

Use dialogue to add more content, it could be about the main character or the secondary characters having a discussion that throws light into the past events that led to the future. 

Create More Conflicts and Challenges

Include more story arcs. Add more conflicts. Look out for places where things seem to work out for the protagonist quite easily and add a little more twist of events to complicate things. Let success be a bit more delayed for the characters. Create more challenges and difficulties towards accomplishing their goals before it all works out.

You can also change relationships of characters like in the high school drama series Gossip Girl to lengthen your story.

Add More Content to the Story You Have Written

Look for loop holes to add more in-between. Add more events to the story. Check what you have written, are the descriptions too straight to the point? Are you taking out time to set the scenes in a way your readers can picture themselves in it? Are you describing the emotions and reactions of your characters throughout the story? Don’t forget to involve all the senses…do both telling and showing.  

Add more descriptions for recommended word count. Long story requires about 90,000 to 120,000 words to rank as a long story.

Be a little more detailed in creating the pictures for your readers, but not too detailed to bore them.

Have More Main Characters

Create more than one main character and assign each one its goals to accomplish and challenges to overcome. At the end you would have the stories linked together as one.

Create Complexities for the Character

You can have a character in a dilemma, who eventually figures out a most likely suiting option, strives to achieve it and after a wasted time realizes it was a wrong choice, then starts back afresh from the scratch. Make it more difficult for the characters to achieve their goals. Let none of the characters accomplish their goals at first attempts. 

Introduce Unforeseen Actions

Do this when a climax seems to almost be there, introduce a surprise twist of events. But don’t over repeat this so as not to loose your readers.

Write it as Different Short Stories

Write like 3 different short stories, since each short story requires about 50,000 words, then unify the stories and close it really nice.

Don’t Focus on the Length

Don’t Focus on the Length, plan and then write away. Write, write, write and then write some more. One chapter at a time, one scene at a time, one plot at a time. Just keep writing, before you know it, you would have attained the required volume.


Go through your work later, it could be days, weeks or months…you would see a lot of things you would want edited…added, removed, restructured. You would be amazed at how much improvement and extra words your work can gain through a revision. 


Also know that not all of us are made for long stories. If you’ve tried your possible best with the above methods and even more from other writers and none seems to work out for you, then it’s really okay to stick with your short stories. There’s nothing bad with that. Just focus at being the best you can in your niche.

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