Writing slang / dialect

edited January 2013 in The Toolbox
QUESTION:

If you script a character who speaks in a California valley slang (which sounds like they are asking a question) do you add the *question mark* to get the cadence of their speech? Or do you let proper grammar go its course?

My editor (who I really like -- don't get me wrong) seems to be all about proper grammar.
However, I tend to write characters *by ear*.  Teens do not often use proper grammar.

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