What’s a pet peeve you have, that you focus on to do differently in your own stories?
Giving all the characters their own unique voice. One of my pet peeves when reading a book is when all the characters sound exactly the same. Now, I’m not talking about drastic differences, but subtle things. It’s not like everyone needs their own accent but people do speak differently. Some people use filler words more than others, likes and ums. Some speak more eloquently, depending on their education or perhaps their upbringing. Slang and abbreviations. Things like that. I feel like those differences really help shape characters and give them individuality. It also helps the readers connect with each character and relate to them for different reasons. The book that comes to mind is Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (which I did a review on in an earlier post. https://mysticquill.com/2020/04/29/history-huh/). But the main characters had such a unique style to their dialogue and how they all interacted with one another, it reminded me of my group of friends. Add in or take out one person in a group and the entire dynamic changes. Those are the things that make fictional characters feel like real people.