Defining the voice in 41 words

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You don’t want to reveal too much about your character in the first chapter. Instead, you want to entice the reader with hints and clues that will draw them in and make them want to read more. Let them form their impression of your character by introducing new details as the story progresses.

However, I firmly believe that if you write an excellent first chapter, the rest of the story will fall into place. An excellent first chapter sets the stage for the rest of the book. By setting up the characters, the tone, and the conflict, the author can build on those elements. An engaging first chapter sets the tone for the entire story.

The following chapters might dole out details about the character and their background. In the story’s context, give the reader hints about what they are like. Readers need enough information to build a mental image of the character but not too much information that bores them and detracts from the story. A character’s story should engage and captivate the reader.

41 words to describe how a voice sounds

Even something as simple as describing their voice can set the perfect scene in the mind’s eye of a reader. It isn’t easy to describe a voice in a story without sounding cliché or overdramatic. So, I thought I would list 41 possible words to describe a voice.

  1. adenoidal
  2. appealing
  3. breathing
  4. brittle
  5. croaky
  6. dead
  7. disembodied
  8. flat
  9. fruity
  10. grating
  11. gravelly
  12. gruff
  13. guttural
  14. high-pitched
  15. hoarse
  16. honeyed
  17. husky
  18. low
  19. matter-of-fact
  20. monotonous
  21. nasal
  22. orotund
  23. penetrating
  24. plummy
  25. quietly
  26. raucous
  27. ringing
  28. shrill
  29. silvery
  30. singsong
  31. small
  32. smoky
  33. strangled
  34. strident
  35. taut
  36. thin
  37. throaty
  38. tight
  39. tremulous
  40. wheezy
  41. wobbly

Stories are made unique by their authors’ voices. The way you tell a story, the words you use, the cadence, and the inflection all contribute to the story.

A story can vividly and meaningfully capture the human experience. Storytellers craft stories that are truly unique and captivating by using their voice and style. Using stories can help us connect and understand others.

Questions to ask when trying to describe a voice

Think about the voices of the people in the story as the author.

  • How do they sound?
  • How do they speak?
  • Do you want them to sound like you or someone you know?
  • How do you want them to talk in the tone of the story?

Imagine using “honeyed” instead of “ingratiating.”

For example:

“The sound of his honeyed voice made her skin crawl.”

This is the kind of thing that makes for good reading.

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