Writing Voice and Conveying Personality
Voice is perhaps one of the most difficult things to establish when it comes to writing characters. For the most part, you only have to describe the character's appearance in one or two settings, first to give the reader a clear image of who the person is, and then if there are any significant changes. Otherwise, your characters are defined by their voices: the way they speak, the vocabulary they use, and the tone in which it is conveyed. This, more than anything, conveys their personalities and drives their actions throughout the narrative. It explains their reasoning, tells the readers what they are thinking, and makes them realistic.
To really do voices well, first and foremost, you should know the kinds of voices you want to convey and then research. Don't take for granted that you know how a certain tone is written, especially if you do not speak using that style. If you want an Asian accent, listen to people speak with that accent. If one o