Dialogue is a way for characters to react and communicate in a story. It can also be a method to move a story along by adding action rather than paragraph after paragraph of details. Placing tags before or after the quoted text reveals who is saying what – like “he said” or “she replied”. Seems cut and dry, right? With emphasis on the dry, these tags don’t give the dialogue much pizazz.
According to Whitney Hemsath, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Her delightful post sheds light on a trend that can take a writer’s dialogue from ok to spectacular. Read below.
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