Thursday, November 19, 2009

Accents in Writing

If you have ever read a book with a character who has a thick accent, you's hard to read.

Use accents sparingly and if you do, remember to only pepper a character's accent in the writing so it is easy to stay focused on the story.

That being said, half my book happens in Mexico. So I give you my friends a tribute to accents and EspaƱol.

I love those singing vegetables! Love them!

So what are your thoughts on accents in writing?


L.T. Elliot said...

I agree with you. I think dialogue is a tricky thing by itself but when adding difficult speech patterns, it only gets harder. I think you have to be careful too.
Fun song. =] I can't wait to read more of the events that happen in MEXICO!!!

Carolyn V. said...

Thanks L.T. =) I will be sending that to you soon. =)

Suzyhayze said...

Three words: Zora Neal Hurston.

Carolyn V. said...

Awesome! Thanks Suzy!=)

Lisa and Laura said...

We've got accents on the brain lately, right? We struggled with this in our WIP. It was so tricky to convey the fact that the speaker was foreign without making their dialogue over the top or difficult to understand.

Carolyn V. said...

I know, It is a tricky thing to do. I loved your post on accents. Everyone should check it out. It was awesome! =)

Mary said...

I liked the Scottish accent that Laini Taylor put in her Dreamdark books. Also love the accent of the housekeeper Judy in the Pat books by L.M. Montgomery. Generally I don't think I like them in books.
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