Itchy Bitesized 11: “Who Says This?” Make sure the reader knows who’s talking – by Emma Darwin…

on This Itch of Writing:

One of the most frequent things I find myself writing on students’ manuscripts is “Who says this?” I did a big post on writing dialogue a couple of years ago, so this is a round-up of solutions to this specific problem.

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3 thoughts on “Itchy Bitesized 11: “Who Says This?” Make sure the reader knows who’s talking – by Emma Darwin…

  1. I don’t like using ‘he said/she said’ all the time so use a convention whereby the first bit of dialogue coming /after/ a paragraph in which someone is named belongs to that someone. If it belongs to someone else, that 2nd person is named so there is no confusion. Nothing jerks a Reader out of the story faster than not knowing who’s talking…or doing. Clarity should be one of the core writing principles, imho. 🙂

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. It was just what I wanted to read. I HATE this anti dialogue tag thing that’s been going on among the writing community. “It messes up the flow.” writers and writing coaches say. Man, I don’t care about perfectly beautiful flow. I want to know who said what without having to stop reading for a moment to figure it out. I stubbornly stick to using dialogue tags in my own stories, so nobody stumbles over conversation confusion.

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