Beats, Attribs, Tags

Our next class will cover beats, attributions, and dialogue tags:

Say What, er, I Mean, How?

Using Speaker Attributions Correctly

So now you should now know what a dialogue tag is, what an attribution is, and what a beat is.

Now for a little advice when it comes to dialogue tags – don’t tell, and don’t explain. What am I talking about? Oh, my students, you are so obliging, and ask just the right questions! Here you go:

Do You RUE?

Granted, my RUE article goes beyond writing dialogue tags, but I think it gets the idea across.

So your homework is to take a sentence and write it three different ways – once with a tag, once with an attribution, and once with a beat.

Bring any questions to class, or if you wish, post them as comments below.

See you next Saturday, 6 p.m. eastern at the UOT Classroom Annex in Twinity.

And keep writing!

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