True to Your Reader

Monet on the beach at sunrise

Last night in our writers’ workshop, we heard and critiqued four extended readings. We discussed head hopping, filtering, and show-don’t-tell. Our extended discussion concerned “being true to your reader.” Considering the common speaking style of most Southerners, do we do an injustice when we clean up the grammar? Should we “tell it like it is” or “tell it as we wish it were?” What’s your opinion?

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