Message from the President

Cawlfield, John-2015
John Cawlfield

Dialogue Tags

He Said, She Said. During our February 2018 meeting, there was a brief discussion about dialogue tags. If you write fiction you have written dialogue at some point. Identifying the speaker can be simple, just use the word said. However, the conversation can get redundant if you use it as your only tag. If you have multiple characters in the scene and only use one tag, it can get confusing as the reader loses track of who is talking. Overuse of the word said will also lead the reader to become aware the author is directing the dialogue. Yawn—it’s also boring. Consider using different types of dialogue tags to give life to your story. For example, take a look at two versions of the same conversation:

Amber said, “How dare you imply I cheated!”
“I’m not implying you cheated, I know you cheated!” the professor said.
Harold said, “How do you know that, sir?”

Compared to:

Amber stamped her foot. “How dare you imply I cheated!”
The professor looked over his glasses. “I’m not implying you cheated, I know you cheated.”
Harold frowned. “How do you know that, sir?”

Which conversation has better imagery and is more enjoyable to read? The second one of course. If you want to learn to be creative with dialogue, do a simple Google search for Dialogue Tags. Experiment with different types for your conversations, it will add life to your stories.

John Cawlfield

The Springfield Writers’ Guild will continue to meet at the 1711 West Battlefield location of McAlister’s Deli (See map below). Join us at 11:00 a.m. for Mentor Hour as we read and critique members’ writings. The speaker joins us at 1:00 p.m. followed by a short business meeting.

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2018!

Yearly dues run from January-November each year (no meeting in December). Pay online on the JOIN/RENEW page. New members are encouraged!


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