Avoid “teen talk” in your writing by saying “like” or “go” in dialogue. Examples:
I’m like, officer, are you kidding me? I was only going five over the speed limit.” And he, like, gave me a citation anyway.
Before we left for the dance, I go, “Diane, I have the perfect pair of earrings to match your blue dress.” And she goes, “Sweet!”
Yikes. And you’re NOT limited to “said.” Check it out:
“I don’t wanna eat my broccoli!” the toddler bleated.
“How about we order a pizza?” Todd piped up beside me on the couch.
“Thank you for pulling my weeds, and getting my mail,” the old woman happily squeaked.
“Did you just see that huge lightning bolt in the distance?” Monica nearly whispered with wide eyes.
See you next time!
I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.
Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…
It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.
Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!