Posted on November 17, 2021 at 3:26 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Current writing wisdom holds that simpler is better when it comes to dialogue tags.

That is, “said” — or nothing at all — is preferable to more vivid verbs.

But what if a simple “said” feels flat to you?

Author Barbara Linn Probst has a suggestion — several of them, in fact — for how to stir the proper emotion in a reader from a line of dialogue.

Head to Writer Unboxed to see a dozen ways to add depth to the dialogue, using a sample scene to illustrate.

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Categories: Behind the scenes

Tagged As: Dialogue, Writer Unboxed

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