Writing in Dialect

An interesting practice of style is writing characters dialogue in dialect. The best examples of this are in Zora Neale Hurston’s writing, but you can also see evidence of this in Wuthering Heights with the character Joseph, multiple characters in To Kill A Mockingbird, and many other popular works.

Writing dialect can make or break a work. If it comes across as too frivolous or is overused to the point the reader cannot make out what the character is saying.

It is important for the writer to be cautious with their use of dialect and here are a list of resources to help with understanding and perfecting the use of dialect:

http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-give-your-character-an-authentic-dialect

http://resources.writersonlineworkshops.com/resources/writing-dialect/

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/writing-accents-and-dialects

http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/t/their-eyes-were-watching-god/critical-essays/use-of-dialect-in-their-eyes-were-watching-god

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