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Accents

I realized I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I guess that’s what happens when everything else important in the world knocks on your door and steals your time away.

But let’s move towards the present, shall we? This week, I’ve been working on accents, or rather one accent in particular. You see, I’ve grown tired of all my characters sounding like middle-class young white men, so I figured an accent will mask my problem. Well, turns out my new venture with accents actually fixed the problem! You see, when I start writing in an accent, I’m constantly reminded of where my character has come from. Case-in-point, I’ve begun writing in the POV of a female farm girl and (yes, I’m skirting by the fact that I’m writing in a female POV for the first time, that’ll be another post) have found that I can always tell what she’s going to do next or how she’ll react by how and where she was raised. The accent acts as an anchor, pulling me back toward her personality which, as many personalities are, formed by her upbringing and surroundings.

If nothing else, it’s a powerful writing exercise, not to mention a frustrating one. I mean, it’s not like they have guides out there for every single word to accent when writing dialogue! Thank God I found an online book where I could just CTRL F a character’s name and copy every accented word they spoke.

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