Using Slang and Dialect in Writing

Well howdy y’all! Ah sure hope you’s doin’ fahn this’n here Thursdy mornin’!

Okay. I’ll stop. It’s torture for the eyes, reading that.

Accents, slang, dialects! These are methods one may use to add a sense of local color or flavor to a story, or even just a scene in an unfamiliar location to your characters. But one must be careful when writing out these accents and dialects because if you get too focused on replicating a form of speech perfectly in the written word, all you’re doing is causing the reader undue aggravation as they try to parse not only how to say the words, but piece the sentence together for something meaningful.

Here’s what I mean by that! Continue reading