There are so many types of voices and I feel like when authors describe a voice, they don’t do it well. What annoys me is when people start describing a voice but then stop so you’re left with like half a description and I start screaming WHYYYYY!!!!

When describing voice, I think it’s best to start with the overall – something like the pitch (usually in romance novels the hero has a baritone – because apparantly tenors aren’t worthy). Describe how the voice makes he/she feel. Then when that is established, the voice can really be versatile for example: his usually sweet voice became dead – completely devoid of emotion. (Really terrible example but you get the gist). This, I find, will also make the characters emotions and reactions more real.

Here are some things to help you get thinking πŸ™‚

Appealing – pleasant to hear

Aggressive – intense or harsh

Bellowing – to yell in a deep voice

Breathy – said breathlessly

Bright – happy or cheerful

Brittle – as though about to cry

Clear – distinct, easily perceptible

Coarse – vulgar or indecent

Croaky – as though someone has a sore throat

Dead – feel or shows no emotion

Dry – lacking tenderness; severe

Flat – a voice that stays the same; monotonic

Fruity – deep and strong in a pleasant way

Grating – unpleasant and annoying

Gravelly – low and rough

Guttural – a deep sound made from the back of the throat

Hoarse – a voice that one has when their throat is sore

Husky – a hoarse tone though in an attractive way (ie. When people are flirting)

Majestic – showing dignity

Nasal – a voice that resembles a sound produced through the nose

Piercing – High pitched, acute

Rough – unpleasant, violent

Shrill – high-pitched and unpleasant

Singsong – speak as though are singing

Small – timid

Smoky – attractive

Smooth – polite and agreeable

Strong – a) persuasive b) Forceful

Soft – not loud, not harsh

Sweet – kind

Taut – nervous or angry

Thick – emotion clogging your ability to speak clearly

Thin – icy

Tight – nervous or annoyed

Warm – enthusiastic, kind

Wheezy – difficulty breathing


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