For an exercise in fiction writing, record a few minutes of casual conversation between two people and then type it all out. Very quickly you’ll notice that most people don’t converse in carefully measured prose. No, they interrupt each other. They talk over each other. Speak in fragments. Go off on tangents. They repeat … More Realism vs. reality
English is not a single language. There’s British English, and American English, and Canadian English, and Australian English, and a few other varieties. If you want to decode the Canadian version, or slip some Canadian patois into your writing, you might want to dip into A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. The Dictionary’s … More Speak Canadian? You betcha!