Self-Editing Tip #8: Dialogue Tags Don’t Need All the Action

We all know dialogue is extremely important in fiction, and writing it correctly can make or break a piece of writing (see Self-Editing Tip #5). Once we have the mechanics of dialogue punctuation and paragraphing down, the next step is to review dialogue tags and action tags. A tag, in fiction, is any piece of narrative that… Read More

Self Editing Tip #5: Let’s “Talk” About Punctuation

Today I want to talk about punctuation, specifically in writing dialogue. I feel oddly fortunate that my own education, especially as a Creative Writing major in college, ingrained in me a certain inherent knowledge of how to write dialogue with correct punctuation. I’ve spoken and worked with a surprisingly large handful of other authors who… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #2: Who’s Saying What?

I have had a total of five different manuscripts from five different authors go through my hands since Monday, and I found one consistent thing in all of them that made me think about another tip to give when editing your own work. Sometimes we get so caught up in the writing that we don’t… Read More