Dialogue Tags: 100 Ways to Say “Said”

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Be sure to read my post from yesterday, where I suggested that good writers use few dialogue tags to indicate who is speaking, and when they do, then rely on trusty old “said” and occasionally “asked.”

Still, there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up on occasion — especially when how something is said is particularly important and not sufficiently clear through the dialogue itself. Writers young and old need help sometimes with alternatives to “said,” so I created an official WriteAtHome list of dialogue tags.

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How to Use Dialogue Tags

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Dialogue tags are the cues that indicate who is doing the talking in written dialogue. But there is a great difference of opinion about how such tags are best used…

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There, Their, and They’re

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Getting them straight: they’re, their, and there.

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Don’t Write Like You Talk

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I know, this is exactly the opposite advice I gave last week. Just read it.

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