Writing of the Week 'Out of character'

When creating character, consistency is vital. It's always best to check dialogue so that a character's speech is clearly identifiable. The same applies to mannerisms, dress, actions - so that a reader can quickly identify when something's amiss.

The writing prompt for our writers this week was to show someone acting or speaking out of character. Stewart Adams chose a work setting.

We were in the truck, covered in soot and ash, the smell of smoke permeating everything. The driver was unusually silent. He was normally the first one to crack a joke, enquire about our next meal or give a ready grin as someone heckled him.

Not today though. It had been a nasty job. We’d responded to a 000 call and arrived outside the small terrace house, the usual crowd of gawkers standing around as smoke billowed out of t