Reviews for Dialog Tags and SecondBest Words
Ryukki-chan chapter 1 . 10/11/2013
Thank you! I hate it when the author puts "said" at the end of every spoken dialog! It drives me nuts! I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't stand that. I'm no expert in writing, but at least I try to avoid doing that. Thanks for the advice!
Guest chapter 1 . 10/11/2013
what do you mean "asked to" doesn't exist? Example being your boss saying, "I asked to see you in my office two hours ago!".
Unxious Custard chapter 1 . 7/2/2013
Hi, only caught this after my last review. I couldn't agree more.
Wait a second chapter 1 . 6/16/2012
Did you use parts from someone's story here on fictionpress, or did you come up with the dialoge yourself as an example? If you used someone else's, please tell me you asked them for permision. It realy bothers me when people bash other's work without them knowing, even if they are trying to be helpful.

This is very informative. I only wish that you could have done it without sounding like you are bashing the people who dont have the same level of writing skill as you.
FaithMemory chapter 1 . 4/9/2011
Thank you so much! :D
Me Gusta chapter 1 . 3/4/2011
This should be made required reading for everyone in Fictionpress, haha.
Sushay1221 chapter 1 . 2/26/2011
Great tips, I'll need to look back on this.
ABeth chapter 1 . 1/23/2011
Found this whilst looking for a synonym for "said quietly," ha!

Nice writeup, definitely. Though "talked to" *can* work even without an "about" - "At the party, she talked to her friends for a while, then chatted with strangers, and finally was asked to dance by the princess. Perhaps this would be a good evening after all!"

Now, back to finding something besides "murmur" for this sentence! I overuse "murmur" by inclination and need to break myself of the habit. _

-ABeth.
Minimatt chapter 1 . 11/22/2010
Thanks for the tips about tagging the dialogues, they were really handy.

I personally use 'he said softly/shyly/[insert word]' more often than 'he whispered', because I think it adds some description to the dialogue. For example, in my own story the main character is really shy. Besides actually saying that he's shy I make him say the things he says in a shy way, by putting it in the tags. But I guess that it's debatable whether it's a good or a bad thing.

The only other thing I noticed was in the end of your essay, where you said that 'talked to' didn't exist. I might be wrong here (English is still my second language after all), but I thought the sentence: 'I talked to my dad about...' is grammatically correct.
octobunny chapter 1 . 10/20/2010
THANK YOU! :))
yuanyuan chapter 1 . 6/5/2010
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xXPepper-chanXx chapter 1 . 3/1/2010
Thank you, I will definitely be thinking about these things when I write. I really like you show examples of the same dialogue and point out what is wrong with each one and then show an example of how it could be better.
NoAccount-Deleted chapter 1 . 1/13/2010
I've learned more about "tags" from this post than I did in both, my creative writing and fiction writing classes. This is awesome! I love the concise manner in which you explained the topic, and the accompanying examples. And I appreciate the other advice as well. I give you 5 stars for this article! Will you review my story, JUMP TO IT? I'm pretty sure I've broken quite a few "tag" rules. :) Thank you for sharing.
snicker-n-snark chapter 1 . 8/5/2009
Thank you for writing this. It's really helpful for writers who wish to improve.

-Sam
annoyance chapter 1 . 7/16/2009
Interesting, and very helpful :)
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