Slang, Colloquialisms, and Clichés #amwriting

I agree with much of what the blogger says here except…
I think sometimes you have to use words or slang words that help to define the character and the setting in which you’re writing.
I live in East Tennessee, and if I’m writing a character who lives in my area, or in a fictional area that represents my area then I’m very likely to write like I talk.
Honestly I don’t think there’s a wrong or right way other than when absolutely correct spelling and grammar are warranted.
I found this post very interesting as I too love neat words.
Or as we say it here in the mountains…
“I found this post plum interesting and I love them big words.”
Or as my dad would say it…
“That beats all I ever seen.”

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Words are awesome. I love obscure, weird words. J.K. Rowling used the word ‘snogging’ in her Harry Potter series, to describe couples who were engaged in prolonged kissing, or as we sometimes say where I come from,  ‘canoodling.’

Another good word is ‘kerfuffle,’  a Briticism for a  noisy disturbance or commotion. That word has become more common in American conversation over the last few years.

Words are how authors convey the imaginary world to the reader. Artistry comes into play in the way the author assembles their chosen words into sentences and paragraphs. In reading those words, the reader finds themselves in a new reality, a mental picture painted by the author.

English is a mash-up language. It is old Latin glued to an evolving language with completely different roots, Frisian, with a bunch of words and usages invented by William Shakespeare added in.

Thanks to the human drive to…

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2 Responses to Slang, Colloquialisms, and Clichés #amwriting

  1. Thank you for the reblog! I agree that sometimes we do need to use colloquialisms or slang to show a particular personality in a short space. I’m so glad you are writing. My father and uncles used to refer to screwdrivers as “skeejabbers.” Big hug from one country girl to another!


    • Patty says:

      How wonderful!

      Love it!

      You’re welcome for the reblog.

      In my first book there’s lots of slang and funny bantering back and forth between myself a Northeast TN redneck girl and my then Yankee Trainer who teased me no end.

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