The component I like to start with in order to fully take out this inconsistent writing style is my character development. Often, this inconsistency transforms itself into a situation in which characters you wrote about a year ago, when you didn't really know the characters, are now completely different than how you originally imagined them. You can either prevent this (if you're just starting a story) or fix it.
To prevent this, you can map out your character before you start writing - each and every one, and then continue mapping them out in order of appearance. Once I recognized this problem, I made a chart and then filled in a row for each character to help me keep track of each named character (even if they only appear once).
To fix the issue of inconsistent characters if you're already well into your story, I suggest that you not only make one of the charts like the one above (trust me, they are very helpful), but also go back through your story and tweak little details. If your story was the one I created above, mention a few more times that Sylvia has brown hair, or add in a chapter where Sylvia and Carol have a fight about getting along, and Sylvia brings up that Peter's parents actually want him to do well in school. Little touches like that can immediately change your characters into more concrete people that a reader will be able to understand, so that there doesn't come a point when the reader realizes that they never even knew that Sylvia had issues with her mom. Make your characters real and relatable, and it will change your story completely.
What techniques do you use to fix inconsistent writing? Did the character chart help you? Let me know in the comments below!
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