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"He Said, She Said: Dialog Tags and Using Them Effectively."

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Dialogue can trip up even the most seasoned of writers. You can read about it all day long, but until you're actually writing and needing to use dialogue tags (or speech tags), you'll probably skip over this stuff.

 

Think of these tags as signposts, pointing to who is actually doing the talking. Each tag contains at least one noun or pronoun. (said, asked, whispered, remarked).

 

Susannah said

the clerk asked

she said and took off her coat

he said, looking sad

 

As I am writing my current novel, I sail merrily along, adding in some dialogue tags with ease, and getting myself mired in the mud at others.

 

Do I use he said or she said? Where does that comma go? Should I use a more expressive tag?

 

One thing to keep in mind: the "he/she said," or "he/she asked" will disappear in the reader's mind, while adding in an expressive tag will make it stick out like a sore thumb.

 

Read on if you, too, need a college lesson in drumming up the proper speech tag.

 

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Link to the original article: http://www.scribophile.com/academy/he-said-she-said-dialog-tags-and-using-them-effectively

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:44 PM

Tis is how dialog tags should be used.

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

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Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 21, 1:48 PM
The 11 tips are practical i.e. write each day, first writings should be stream of consciousness, create lists, etc.
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Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome.

Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome. | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Today is the eve of National Novel Writing Month. You in? Try it… if anything, it teaches you how to start and finish something, and working with deadlines. Let your imagination run wild like when…
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If you're inside the flurry of NaNoWriMo, you may need a pick-me-up about right now. I especially love this one:

Let your imagination run wild like when you we’re a child. Before the fear and uncertainty and paying the bills were a thing. Forget about all the adult stuff that sucked out the child inside and the awe and wonder!

And just write! 

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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 7:36 PM
I agree write your face off enjoy your gift and let it explode
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Makes sense.
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Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative

Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Everyone gets 24 hours, 1440, minutes, and 86,400 seconds per day. No amount of hustle, worry, experimentation, or time travel can change these numbers. 


Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Love the metaphor "cracks of life." Once you read this, you'll be searching for those unplugged cracks all over the place! Find them and write on!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 7, 2:10 PM
Leonard Cohen wrote that light comes in through cracks.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 7, 5:49 PM

Love the phrase and the imagery "cracks of life." Write on.

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NaNo Prep: How Understanding Conflict Will Make Your Plot Explode

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NaNo Prep: How Understanding Conflict Will Make Your Plot Explode November is almost upon us, and in the build up to NaNo, 

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A tiny chart shared by this author is deceptively simple, but should zoom your writing to new heights. Conflict is the key to well-written story, and one that readers will be clamoring to read. Copy it and use it!

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Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

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Most writers study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how to successfully construct a narrative. Here's what to keep in mind.
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In my Future Learn course of Fiction Writing, one of our lessons was on plotting. Their simple formula was character + conflict = plot. Of course, there isn't just one way to craft a story, but for first time writers, this might just be the easiest.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 25, 3:31 PM
A short, easy to use post I would have liked to have in my classroom.
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Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension

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Data suggest that taking notes by hand beats typing notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over time.

Via Les Howard, Luciana Viter, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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I've read about many a famous author who writes first drafts in longhand on yellow legal pads. Personally, I like the feel of writing with pen and paper, then transcribing into a Word document. This process seems to fully engage the creative brain.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 17, 2:36 PM
It is not only effective for long-term comprehension and retention. There are other benefits. Writing is a right brain activity as we usually are taking short cuts in notes. Keyboarding is a left brain activity. A conversation engages both hemispheres.


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How to Write: You're Doing it All Wrong | Almond Press

How to Write: You're Doing it All Wrong | Almond Press | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You should write every day. Learn the rules then break them. Variety is the spice of life and you'll get stuck if you only have one project.
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It's inspiration and motivation time, boys and girls, and I believe this post will do it for you. I needed to read it, you need to read it. There is no RIGHT or WRONG way to write. 

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27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity

27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Want to write better content? Learn how to improve your writing skills by practicing each of these 27 mini-skills for writers.
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Henneke has penned such a creative post, and with all her analogies using food, your mouth will be salivating!

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Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers

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A creative writing journal can make you a better writer or poet. On this page, you'll find tips on how to keep a journal for writing, along with journal ideas to inspire you.
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I adore journaling. Most of it is a head dump, but sometimes I'll wax poetic on what I'm seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.This will usually lead me on a meandering path to something greater that needs to be written.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 8, 2:21 PM
There are good ideas in the list. I already walk, free write, and write about my experiences.
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To Anyone Who Thinks Their Writing Isn't Good Enough

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Do you feel your writing isn't good enough? Do you hesitate to publish content? Learn how to become a writing pragmatist, so you can write and publish more.
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Writers—listen up! Turn off all the noise, phone, music, TV, etc. and read this letter addressed to us. I am going to file these words away to pull out when that inner critic starts hacking away at my confidence. This article will give you a new spring of life from which to draw when you need to create your art.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 1, 2:39 PM
It is about patience and finding one's writing voice.
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Online Writing Classes: Enroll Now in Free and Cheap MOOCs

Online Writing Classes: Enroll Now in Free and Cheap MOOCs | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Online writing classes can save you from a world of hurt. MOOCs-massive, open, online courses-have great faculty are are free or cheap.
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Some amazing writing classes are available online. Some require a small fee, but I signed up for a free class, "Start Writing Fiction" with Future Learn. There's always something new to learn when honing your writing chops. This class begins on Monday, September 25, so check it out. We could be classmates!

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3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer

3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
When writers apply visual thinking to their writing magic happens. This tutorial teaches you how to make your content clearer, vivid, and more persuasive.
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I love these creative writing tips from Henneke. She not only gives us brilliant advice, but she draws some mighty cute cartoons. An excellent read.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 18, 12:55 AM

Useful writing tips.

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The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut

The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"When I compose a first draft I just let everything I feel and think spill out raw and chaotically on the page. I let it be a mess. I trust my instincts. I just let my ideas and feelings flow until I run out of words. It’s fine for an early draft to be a disaster area. I don’t censor myself. When I have this raw copy, I can then decide if this idea is worth pung more effort into. If so, then with the second draft, I clean up spelling and grammar. I add anything I forgot to include in the first draft and take out whatever isn’t working. Then the real fun begins with the third draft. (Despite its importance, art should always be a form of play.) That’s where I work on what I know are my creative weaknesses."


Via Sharon Bakar
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I love this piece. It absolutely sings and goes straight to the heart of a writer. If you are a creative, you should feel inspired and thankful for the opportunity to create beautiful art with your words.

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An interesting article that underscores the complexity and messiness of good writing.
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Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction

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Writing flashbacks badly can stunt the flow of your story, lose a reader’s interest, create confusion and ruin your book. Here's how to write them well.

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If you write stories and use flashbacks to explain things, this article is a must read for you. The explanation and examples given are excellent, and will give you a clear picture of why and how flashbacks can be used correctly.

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How to Streamline Your Writing Process: 7 Perfectionism Pitfalls: PenelopeSilvers.com

How to Streamline Your Writing Process: 7 Perfectionism Pitfalls: PenelopeSilvers.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Henrietta takes the lead in a journey to better and faster writing.

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You are going to love this infographic shared by fellow writer and creative artist, Henneke. Her little alter ego, Henrietta, takes us on a colorful and fun journey to streamline our writing.

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Character Chart for Fiction Writers - EpiGuide.com

Character Chart for Fiction Writers - EpiGuide.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Everyone's a character. How well do you know the ones in your story?
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I'm currently taking an 8-week Writing Fiction course through Future Learn. We work extensively on doing character sketches. It's not only fun, but challenging. When you're getting to know your characters, one way is to write down everything you can think about them. Print out this character chart, and use it for each of your characters. I believe it will open the door to know them more intimately.

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Famous Authors’ Great One-Liners – Writer’s Relief – Medium

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Another rejection letter? A bad case of writer’s block? If you need something to lift your spirits, here’s a list of classic one-liners attributed to well-known authors. They’re not all jokes about…

Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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There are excellent lines in the article.
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How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing | WritersDigest.com

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing | WritersDigest.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
by Grant Faulkner When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting plots, the

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If you haven't yet written the great American novel, then you might want to take the leap into NaNoWriMo. If writing 50K words in a month won't get that book jump started, I don't know what will.

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The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer

The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Take heart from the Three Little Pigs: Don’t let an inner critic huff, puff, and blow your work down.
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You'll love the metaphor of the "Three Little Pigs" children's story to your inner critic. Yes, he/she will huff and puff, but don't let it blow your house down! You keep on writing no matter the obstacles. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 17, 2:47 PM
I could have used this in my teaching. I used Fractured Fairytales to explore writing and its elements. What surprised me was how little experience some students had with fairytales and satire.
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9 Steps for Effectively Revising Your Novel

9 Steps for Effectively Revising Your Novel | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I'm currently in the editing phase of my dark fantasy novel, Map of Shadows, and it's complicated to rework big picture stuff like story structure and character
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Writing a book? Hang on for the ride of your life. Writing is only half the battle. Once those words are on the page, settle in for a long winter's revision.This excellent post gives some super tips on how to do it.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 12, 10:11 PM
Tips to help while you are in the re-write/editing phase.
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How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life – The Mission – Medium

How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life – The Mission – Medium | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
When I interviewed Julien Smith for the first time in 2012, he had one of the most popular blogs on the internet. Of all the things he shared with me in our conversation, one thing he said stood out…

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There is a lot of wisdom inside this article. If you feel you can't manage 1,000 words per day, start with 500. Just by putting words down on a page creates momentum. I begin my day with journaling, along with a cup of coffee, of course!

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For leaders and teachers alike, this is a healthy habit to explore your innner and outer worlds.
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What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received?

What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received? | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Have something in mind already? Excellent! Click on the button above and start writing your response while the idea is fresh. Otherwise keep reading for some inspiration from some of our favorite…
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What follows is stirring and stimulating writing advice to inspire and motivate the inhibited. Place pen in hand, put to paper, and share with the world!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 7, 2:19 PM
The article provides advice from famous authors i.e. Kurt Vonnegut. I love the books authors such as Mary Oliver have written about writing.
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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson
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Quotes can be instant inspiration. There are some very unique ones in this article. I like #12. What's your favorite?

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 18, 4:25 PM
The list is broken into categories i.e. inspiration, characters, craft, etc.
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Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing

Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The best writers are masters at evoking an emotional response from their readers.
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Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 22, 1:45 PM
Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

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Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy

Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You don't have time to write a novel. But what if you could easily write a novel in a month? Follow these five tips to get confident that you can do it.
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Sound impossible? Not if you set your mind to the task, write 1K words per day, and try a technique straight from one of the masters, Dean Koontz. His advice begins with brainstorming of titles using a keyword (one that evokes emotion). Think blood, dragon, hurricane, flood, etc. Flavor the word with different combos of nouns and adjectives. When you find one that strikes a nerve, begin writing to flesh out a sketch of a story.

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8 Simple Steps I’ve Used To Write 5 Bestselling Books: Medium.com

8 Simple Steps I’ve Used To Write 5 Bestselling Books: Medium.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you’re a writer, then there’s a strong chance you pay a lot of attention to getting your work published. And rightly so. It’s important for writers to know their options so that they can make the…

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The steps are simple; the implementation is up to you. With Jeff Goins as your mentor, you are bound to complete your first book if you heed his advice and put pen to paper.

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