Using dialects in dialogue

We’ve all been tempted to use dialects in dialogue, but resist the urge.  Read one chapter out of Brer Rabbit and you will forever appreciate the art of reading plain words. Just today I wuz readin’ a spec out’a book whut wuz showin’ how ill-edicated folks speak and I wuz ready to lay it down real quick like.

Once you begin using a dialect in your story, you will have a page full of apostrophes. It’s much easier for the reader if you stick with plain English, snappy verbs, and well-fitting adjectives.

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Deborah Owen
CEO and Founder
Creative Writing Institute

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