This is a guide on how to write a mute character, which is based of research. A like would be highly appreciated if this helped you.
Requested by ashleyb-helps.
"What is mute?”
Before beginning this guide, you should know there are two different kinds of mute I will be covering: Those types would be mute and selective mute. It can also be referred to as silent, speechless, voiceless, or tongue-tied.
Before beginning my research, I asked my grandmother, who is a nurse, for her shortened definitions of these words using the question in bigger print above.
- "Unlike most people, I believe that mute is not a birth defect, but something just wasn’t formed correctly, or at all, in the process of reproduction.”
- “Selective mute? I didn’t learn about that in school. But I do believe it could be found common in a person who is mentally ill.”
For my follow up, I checked some of my school suggested websites for a definition. And due to the bit of doubt in me, I backed myself up with Webster’s dictionary. However, selective mute is not in the dictionary but does have multiple awareness websites. Below is what I found.
- Mute [noun] is when a person has no power of speech.
- Selective Mute [noun] is when a person has no power of speech in certian situation, and is most ofter found in children.
And I thought it would be appriciated if I listed more information about each type of mute, so I looked into their awareness websites and learned a lot more.
What makes a person mute? Though it is believed by some that they are born without vocal cords, that’s not always the case. There are multiple causes for someone to become mute. Listed below are some, other than no vocal cord, reasonings.
Why are people selectively mute? Being selectively mute is a major anxiety disorder. Have you ever met a person who is beyond hyper at home, but barely speaks a word in public? There is really no other cause except for extreme shyness and anxiety.
- In some cases, the person cannot hear you, therefore is unable to make out sounds and learn to speak.
- In other cases, the person has witnessed something so tramatizing in life that they cannot speak. They have literally been shook so badly, that they become speechless in life.
- And last but not least, damaged vocal cords. Maybe they’ve screamed so loudly they ripped their vocal cords? Or, possibly, were just born with them.
"How would I write dialog for mycharacter?”
How would I communicate with a mute/selective mute character? This completely depends on what type of roleplay you are. For sci-fy and fantasy roleplays, it’s a piece of cake. As for realistic or TV roleplays, it’s a bit more difficult.
Please keep in mind the selectively mute people will talk in settings that they’re keen to. Say they’re with someone they’ve know for years, then they’ll speak just as anyone else would.
- Telepathy [fictional roleplays] it can be heard far and wide. But if you use this, I really don’t understand why you made the character mute? They’d just speak as any other would.
- Sign Language [any roleplay] even if you don’t know sign language in reality, you can always write ‘-signing- blahblah’ or ‘signs blahblah’. It seems accuracte, unless the character is also blind.
- Writing [any roleplay] it does not consist of magic or extra knowledge in another language. The characters could simply pass notes back and forth between each other.