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Dialogue Tags Reference List

Dialogue tags are an important part of literature that help to express emotion more effectively through descriptions of dialogue. Here is a list with some helpful alternative tags dependent on the situation.









-gritted out











-choked out











-burst out laughing





















































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How to Write Dialogue
Basic Structure There are a few ways to structure dialogue. These are the most common ways to structure a line, although I haven’t seen 7 in a very long time. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” Anne said. “The dog’s outside. He’s finally stopped barking,” said Anne. “The dog’s outsid...
Dialogue and the "said" rule
By  Martyn V. Halm The main reason for the ‘said’ rule, is that 'said’ is invisible.  If you write a whole page of dialogue, readers need to be able to distinguish between the speakers. There are several ways of doing that: Action tag: Peter threw the mug across the kitchen. &ldqu...
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Writing Asexuality in Fiction - Masterpost
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