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Crash Course: Formatting Dialog

Because I’ve worked as an editor and proofreader for a while in addition to being an avid writer and reader, I enjoy helping other writers with their work. Whether it’s brainstorming, simple feedback, or tips on how to write.

Recently, a friend of mine approached me curious about dialog tags (as in, “he said”). He wanted to know how to write dialog effectively without inundating the reader with “he said” and “she said” over and over, while still making sure who was speaking was clear.

Dialog can be a tricky beast, one that can hang up a lot of budding (and even established) writers, so I threw together this “crash course” in dialog formatting for him. Then I decided to share it with all of you in case you find yourself in his situation.

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