Does our style change as we get into our character’s head?
Yes! This can be compared to experiencing multiple personalities. Think about your own life. We change our style—how we think, dress, talk, and appear several times during a day.
YOU in the morning when you crawl out of bed = Raw style. You look in the mirror and there you are—the basics—a face that hasn’t been re-designed by the razor, or made-up with layers of cosmetics.
YOU the grade school teacher = Teacher Role. To get from bed to the classroom takes minimal change, but you’ll display a fresh clean face, smiles, gritting of the teeth, and occasionally a firm demeanor and tone of voice. You’ve taken on personal professional characteristics and changed your basic style.
YOU on a hot date = Romantic Role. Does this role reveal the true you, or do you act out who you think you should be for the occasion? Will you play the part of a seductress, or a casual charmer? This is where you dress the part and do whatever it takes to look your best—including spray-on body tans, pricey clothing, and credit card debt.
Somewhere beneath this gorgeous, sexy masquerade is the raw you that tumbled out of bed this morning. Did you think it would be any different for your characters?
Think of these contrasts as a kaleidoscope of the mind projected onto the written page.
A writer owns an inner voice and style. You project this according to who your characters are. Do we live our lives vicariously through our characters? Absolutely. It is part of the fun in creating and crafting fiction.
“The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can even survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.” George Orwell