I was wondering what was the best way to incorporate an accent in a story. I need help when it comes to portraying a good accent in a story without giving the reader a hard time. I know I can write in plain english and let the reader know that the character has an accent, but I wanted to know if there was a grammatical take on accents. Is it OK to add apostrophes to words that wouldn't need them on a southerner? Are gonna and wanna OK to use on a new-yorker? What about chopping of a's and the's to give that boxer a Russian flare? Are things like this OK, or do they just keep the reader from getting to the next line?