I don’t really need any help with knowing what I want my characters to say, this is not the reason why I made this post.
The reason why I’m asking you guys for help is because English is not my first language, and since I’m currently writing a medieval fantasy story I was wondering how much medieval/old english phrases/expressions/words should I use before it becomes too much?
How much medieval english would you say is too much medieval english?
I, of course, want to encorporate some medieval english in my dialogues but I’m not too sure about the amount of it that I should put in them.
I wouldn’t want it to sound weird or out of place because I used too little of it, but that could also happen if I were to use too much of it too.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
The amount depends on whether or not you’re trying to achieve a full on historically accurate of medieval period, or an inspired one.
I’m writing a fantasy story, so I’m not looking for historical accuracy.
I just wanted to add some old english phrases/expressions/words to the dialogues to make the readers feel like they are in medieval-ish times, but at the same time I don’t want to risk adding too much of it to the point where the story feels too distant and overwhelming/unpleasent to read.
Ah! I see. If you’re using it loosely, try to use it in a way that will allow the readers to understand what you’re trying to convey with the language. If you’re still unsure I’d recommend reading medieval-inspired or old century inspired stories to get an idea, like nobility.