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What would be the best option for writing out accents?:
So there are a couple of characters in my series that have pronounced accents (There are Fantasy Counterpart Cultures ) The only thing is that there's a variety of ways I could treat this.
edited 10th Feb '13 12:00:54 PM by TheMuse
Mention it in the narrative, keep it at that. Phonetic accents are problematic for the reasons you listed. As for painting the fourth wall, that'd probably just make things all the more confusing.
2009-38456Second Hermie's suggestion as above. Use of the Funetik Aksent is just too hit-and-miss, and you have no guarantee that your reader's mental voice isn't going to sound them out correctly. With that rendering above, Jill may well sound like she's Bostonian...or Chinese.
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