This post contains some great resources for fiction authors to help with regional words, idioms, and other tools for your writer toolbox!
Do you have dinner or supper?
Do you drive on a highway or a freeway?
Do you drink pop, coke, or soda?
Personally, I have dinner, drive on freeways and highways interchangeably, and drink coke. Unless I remember that I’m actually drinking Diet Dr Pepper, never Coke.
All that’s fine–until you go to write a character who lives in a particular state where they would drink pop where you are writing soda. Or they might say y’all when you say you guys.
This post chock full of resources for fiction authors will not only address regional variations (those are all in the United States) but other helpful things we may need to build our characters and stories!
RESOURCES FOR FICTION AUTHORS
Y’all, have a Coke while driving down the highway.
This is SO important to consider. Idioms are familiar, yet we don’t always know the connotations or associations.
I love these so much! A murder of crows is my favorite. For the record, we decided for our family, we are a horde of Oliphants.
British Swear Words in Order of Offensiveness (this is super helpful to those of us NOT in the UK)
I’m not sure if these are ALL accurate in their order, so you might want to ask a British person. I know we don’t want to talk about our fanny packs or our wind pants unless we’re hoping for a chuckle.
If you’re writing diverse characters, this is hugely helpful. The whole site is fantastic.
Have legal questions? This is a great Facebook group to ask some of those questions!
Have questions about police procedure? Guns? Crime scenes? This is where you go!
Who DOESN’T need this?
Compliment or complement? Everyday or every day?
I am not left-handed…
I encourage–neigh, I DEMAND that you read this before writing horses.
Don’t jump the gun and put all your eggs in one basket with an overused phrase.
For all intensive purposes, you should drink an expresso while reading this.
This one without swords…
No explanation needed for this one.
When sex is just too much…
Find out about the faiths you may not be familiar with.
Good things to know from the start…
Because you don’t want them all to be the same–do you? Huh. Maybe I’m wrong.
This is a short list but will get you started!
To make sure you’re not using a floppy disk when you should be using a compact disc.
I hope these are some helpful links to save you time researching those little (but important!) details in your books!