writing dialect - how

(3 Posts)
drxerox Tue 12-Jun-12 16:10:11

I would like to write a historical novel (I know a bit about the subject) but everytime I start I realise that I can't write speech how it would actually been said (i.e. the country dialect). Should I just forge on and not think about it (after all, I can't think of many historical novelists who bother with this)? I know that this sounds quite precious, but it's really holding me up.

BetterOnACamel Tue 12-Jun-12 16:13:13

I would say forge on, esp. if you're in the flow of it - don't let that get you stuck. If you feel it's necessary to have an 'authentic' voice/accent in there, during later re-write you could research/ask someone for assistance in rendering the dialogue accordingly.

Alurkatsoftplay Sun 17-Jun-12 12:48:50

I agree with Camel, the finer nuances can be done in the re-write, best to just concentrate on getting it down.
It might help to remember that dialogue doesn't have to be exactly as spoken, it's more just a 'representation' of how people speak...

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