Writing In Dialect

Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei ParkesWhat do the experts say about using dialect in your stories?

Don’t do it!

But I love writing dialects!

When I write dialect, I hear the language – the elongated or shortened or twisted vowels, the skipped syllables or consonants, the particular and unique words, colloquialisms, and constructions.

When I’m writing in dialect, I’m in the landscape, I can smell the air my character is breathing. That’s when my characters become….characterful!

So what’s the Continue reading