He Said, She Said-Dialogue Tags

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

He-Said-She-SaidAt this point in the game, you probably know what a dialogue tag is. It is a phrase placed at the end of a quote to identify the speaker. It should mimic speech’s natural rhythm and make long dialogue-runs digestible.

When using dialogue tags, it is  recommended that you keep them simple. There is nothing wrong with the word ‘said’.  Don’t give in to the urge to use every big word you know. If you do, you will end up with a big, clunky, mess. The wrong tag can overshadow the words spoken and draw your reader out of the story.

Example:

“You hit my car!” she screamed.                                                                                                  …

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2 thoughts on “He Said, She Said-Dialogue Tags

  1. Thanks for sharing another great post, Chris. It’s so exactly what I believe about those devilish dialogue tags that I could have written this piece — and I wish I had! 🙂 (Nice job, Jan!)

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