Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Dialogue Tags

With dialogue tags, it's best to keep things simple!

When a reader is engaged in your book, good dialogue should feel like they're listening to a real conversation. If the author interrupts the dialogue by saying the characters declared, retorted, voiced, or intoned, it jars the reader out of the moment. It may seem repetitious to use "said" in dialogue tags, but, for readers, it's not. The word is almost invisible, so it fades into the background and allows the reader to focus on the dialogue itself, which is what you want them to do.

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