And in a few other places as I awaken, groan, and take my few steps. I know you know what I mean. And the expression is spot on!
When you sit down to write, do you take into consideration the area/region that you’re writing about? Do you think about what words and expressions they use in that area? Do you sprinkle them throughout your work, or do you overwhelm your project with so many expressions your reader will need a book of colloquialisms to navigate?
When I write my stories and include a cold glass of pop in it. Do you imagine the 80s treat Pop Rocks, or do you think of your dad dunked in a glass of ice? Okay, so I’m from Michigan, and we understand that pop, Vernors, and Faygo are all related. Pop being any kind of soda, Vernors the ONLY brand of ginger ale that counts, and Faygo, a pop with so many flavors your taste buds barely have time to keep up. Once I realized that pop is primarily used in Michigan and some other parts of the Midwest, I knew I had to be sure my reader understood the term. And using Vernors and Faygo allowed the reader a new experience.
Put some local flavor into your novels, but don’t overwhelm your reader, his palette might not be as discerning as yours.