26 thoughts on “Agree or disagree?

  1. Yes and no. Given that you have to introduce who is speaking in a new paragraph, I would be inclined to argue that if the character is asked a question and referred to in a previous paragraph then it is okay, but it is beneficial to be inconsistent with it because can potentially become confusing. So in truth I think that as long as it isn’t overused it should be writer’s discretion.

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  2. And yet.…..
    John Scalzi…sf writer has whole interludes of
    ‘………..….’ he said
    ‘………..….’ she said
    ‘…………..’ he said
    ‘………..……….’ she said.
    Must be the rest of the story line which drives the narrative, I suppose. (got me beat how he gets away with it)

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  3. If there are three or more people in a room, sometimes there’s got to be something there for clarity. If it’s just a back and forth I’d rather minimize the tags and include some actions to keep the story grounded.

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  4. I agree if there is a two-way dialogue, adding he said/she said once the speaker is identified is ridiculous. However, I have seen writers that do not start a new paragraph when the speaker changes. I would think you would have to have some type of identifier. I would assume we all agree that saying he said/she said is better than saying she/he shouted, etc.

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  5. I think they should be used where necessary for clarity, and that thought should be given to the word choice. I will say that I hate it when people throw in a random “ten dollar” word for said or shout for no other reason than to use a bigger word.

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