I think I have the correct prose-to-dialogue ratio (never mind introspect and description, etc, everything tallies up), but my problem comes with characters' voices, and how to make them all sound different, or even interesting... What I'm fond of doing is adding an accent, even just a hint (none of your phonetic spellings, just a few shortened words, ain't's, ayes, ma for my, etc). But that becomes a huuge problem when you've got a Bristolian, Australian, Scot, Northern Irish, Cockney and Yorkshireman all inhabiting your tiny westcountry village... They say you should be able to put your hand over everything else, and be able to tell who's speaking just from the dialogue, but that is not happening here. Does anyone know of any dialogue devices other than accent/regionality to help tell characters apart??