King’s Speak or King’s English

A linguist who reviewed my work at the request of a book club found it to be consistent with an older dialect and sentence formation. They informed me I had written it in what’s known as King’s Speak or King’s English which isn’t commonly used today.

Actually I was aware of that. I used the older style to add poetic depths to the story so the characters would not appear flat and one dimensional.


It’s difficult to expression complex emotions using short, clipped sentences. I’m aware that’s the most popular literary writing style used today however I feel that due to the complexity of the emotional state of humans, it is impossible to express the different nuances of feelings and experiences using this style popular, clipped style. There are some writers who can do this with a few words but I felt that my characters were better  represented painting a fuller picture.



————-King’s English or King Speak————————

a jerking and twitching of the body

——————–American English—————————

The body was jerking and twitching.





About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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5 Responses to King’s Speak or King’s English

  1. Mella says:

    King speech is much more elegantly spoken.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Flo says:

    This is what add flair to your writing. Its not boring. I’ve been struggling to get through two books. But they’re so boring.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Flo says:

    I don’t believe the author wrote the book this boring. I believe someone edited it to death. Please, please writers! Don’t let someone kill your books taking out all the emotions for the sake of grammar.

    Liked by 1 person

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