Wednesday, August 05, 2009
When To Use Speaker Attributes
Bottom line, I use speakers attributes (e.g., he said, she said) as little as possible.
Some writers argue that readers skip right over “he said,” so why worry about using it? They say the phrase informs us who is speaking, and other than that, readers just don’t notice it. My response? Would you rather use a technique whose sole raison d’etre is to inform, and otherwise adds nothing to the dialogue, or would you rather use one that heightens the passion of the scene?...
Continue reading in my Making a Scene column for this month's Christian Fiction Online Magazine.