When it is written well, dialect informs and enhances the reader’s sense of place and character. It should never be used for only one reason, for example, to identify a character’s race or region. Rather, it should be used when necessary to identify the character’s level of intelligence, level of education, background, gender, and current situation. When dialect is written poorly, it will at least interrupt the reading of your work. At worst, it will render your story all but unintelligible.
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About the Author
Harvey Stanbrough is an award-winning writer and poet. He’s fond of saying he was born in New Mexico, seasoned in Texas, and baked in Arizona. After 21 years in the US Marine Corps, he managed to sneak up on a BA degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales in 1996. Because he is unable to do otherwise, he splits his writing personality among four personas: Gervasio Arrancado writes magic realism; Nicolas Z “Nick” Porter writes spare, descriptive, Hemingway-style fiction; and Eric Stringer writes the fiction of an unapologetic neurotic. Harvey writes whatever they leave to him. You can see their full bios at HEStanbrough.com.