Dialogue Tags and You

Sorry to be running a day late, but I still want to be sure none of you guys miss John Howell’s great reminder of how important it is to use dialogue tags (or not use them) correctly. Check out his post on Story Empire and you’ll see what I mean. And if you would, please consider passing it along on social media so others can enjoy it, too. Thanks, and thanks to John for reminding us that it’s critical to do this well! Great post, John! πŸ™‚

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Hello SEers. It’s John with you again,Β and today we are going to discuss dialogue tags.

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Hold on. Before you run off or decide to take a nap give me a moment to introduce the subject.

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We all know dialogue tags are intended to make it very clear who is doing the talking. Especially if there are more than two people involved.

Dialogue Tags Photo by Pixabay

Many authors also use dialogue tags for emotions or other indications about how the words are delivered. There is nothing wrong with this but the chance of overdoing it to a point of complicating the action and confusing the reader is always present.

Dialogue tags Photo by Pixabay

So, what do I want to accomplish today? My objective is simple. I want to cause a little thought about dialogue tags. β€œYes, the person with the raised hand. You have a question?” β€œWhy…

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        • I can’t make that claim. I might have done so in the past, as it’s been a real learning experience for me. But hopefully I’ve learned better over the last six and a half years or so. πŸ™‚ Now I’m trying to use tags as little as possible, letting the dialogue itself keep readers informed as to who’s speaking. We’ll see how that works. πŸ˜‰ They say readers don’t even notice “he said,” but I can tell you enough of them in a row will drive me batty. πŸ˜€

          And people I meet so often tell me they think they’ll write a book someday. Ha. They have no clue what lies in store if they finally give it a go. And I know this, because I once said that, too! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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