Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Why did I give Marcus a southern accent? WHY DO I HATE MYSELF.

Any reference links and/or pointers and/or blowjobs would be appreciated. I've been scouring YouTube, and I'm thinking of picking up some William Faulkner. I CAN HAS HALP?

P.S. I may need to pick up some Lovecraft, too.


  1. You can find a list of Southern expressions here. I have three suggestions.

    First, if you read a list of expressions for any accent, I'd recommend going for the style of speech rather than the expressions themselves, if possible. For example, if you used the phrase "You look about as happy as a tick on a fat dog," I think readers would want to burn their eyes. It sounds kind of overdone. But you could come up with a more stylish use of the same structure, like "You look about as happy as an X phrase Y."

    Second, I would recommend using any expressions sort of sparingly. If the character's lines are a string of Southernisms, it'll probably sound as cheesy as hell. I tend to overuse expressions, so some of my dialected characters (military, blacks, mutant alligators) sound like cartoons, which is believable only for the alligators, I think.

    Third... I would highly recommend NOT worrying about dialectic accuracy on the first draft.

    Finally, I'd recommend E.B. White as well as Faulkner and the Southern literature page on Wikipedia for further references.

  2. Thanks for the links! Especially that southern sayings one.

    I've tentatively settled on giving Marcus a more relaxed, rural way of speaking, as opposed to a strictly defined southern accent. One, it's easier on me. And two, it falls more in line with your three suggestions.

    And hey, look on the bright side: At least you're not writing a militant black mutant alligator.