Another fascinating post by DM Miller: some of the differences between British and American English. More and more, I’m starting to think of them as completely different languages, just with a lot of similarities.
That’s dialog, not dialogue. But this article is not about American spelling. It’s about the way we talk.
Over the last few years, I’ve read quite a few books written by British authors, particularly independent authors who don’t have the means to pay for an editor or simply don’t see the point in spending the money. I completely understand, but with American characters comes American dialog. While it may seem like an easy task to write American speech (we both speak the same language after all!), it’s far more difficult than you might think.
Believe me, I know. As an American, I’ve done the opposite, written British characters—only one actually, the mother of Catherine from my Heart series. Not only is she British, but she’s an English tutor, so her British English has to be perfect, or “spot on” as the Brits would say.
The rest of my characters who…
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