Tag: dialogue tags


Articles / On Dialogue

So what is creative narrative, you ask? Well, it’s basically descriptive narrative that is used in conjunction with dialogue. It identifies who is speaking. Naturally, the next question is: why is creative narrative better than using a dialogue tag? After all, tossing in a dialogue tag is much easier. That answer is not so simple. The truth is it’s not always better to use creative...

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Tips

For today’s Diva Tip, we are going to discuss the placement of creative narrative in relation to dialogue. When you replace dialogue tags with creative narrative, the narrative is used to indicate who is speaking. When such dialogue is improperly paragraphed, it can cause chaos. A common error is jumble up the dialogue, while depending on the dialogue tags to sort it all out. Wrong:...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #9: Overuse of Dialogue Tags   In today’s article we are going to discuss our ninth writing pitfall for first time authors, the overuse of dialogue tags. But what’s the big deal? Well, the problem with unnecessary dialogue tags is they eat up your word count and provide very little in return. Not every piece of dialogue needs a tag. Overuse of tags...

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Writing Exercises

In today’s writing exercise, we are going to practice using creative narrative to enhance dialogue. Earlier in the week we used lyrics from the song, “Forest” by Twenty One Pilots as our writing prompt, and we will use that same lyric as inspiration for our writing exercise “Does it bother anyone else that someone else has your name?” The Divas would like you to write...

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