Tip of the Month — Dialogue Tags

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Welcome back to the Flubs2Fixes blog!

It’s the second Friday of the month, so it’s time for a quick editing/writing tip and a resource recommendation.


Fix a Flub with this Editing Tip: I say – how are your dialogue tags? In general, it’s best to stick with “say” rather than trying to vary your dialogue tags too much, using words like “exclaimed,” or “moaned,” or “reiterated.” You want them to blend into the background. As much as possible, let the words in the character’s speech convey the emotion and interaction. Only use dialogue tags when it’s necessary to indicate who is speaking.

Check out this Resource for Writers! Author, editor and coach Jordan E. Rosenfeld‘s book Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time provides an excellent guide to help you make every part of your book count. Here’s a post about the book from Writer’s Digest.

See you next week for the Grammar Owl’s take on a grammar/word use question! If you have a question you’d like the Owl to tackle, you can leave it in the comments, or send a message using the Grammar Owl’s contact form, here.

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