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Jan
8
comment Attributives in dialogue
He's right ... I was asking specifically if he said and she said are appropriate attributives for questions, because technically the character isn't saying, they're asking. They're obviously standard dialogue tags otherwise.
Jan
6
comment Attributives in dialogue
BTW -- that is a fantastic article you linked to, far better than any of the answers here.
Jan
6
comment Attributives in dialogue
Kate, you're missing the point about strong dialogue. If you need to make it clear a character is mumbling, it doesn't need to be an attributive. It can be a declaration.
Jan
6
comment Attributives in dialogue
Uhm, can you really speak with a sigh? "I guess so," he sighed for example, is pretty much a physical impossibility.
Jan
3
comment Attributives in dialogue
Yeah, but ... they're never necessary. They're never a "better" choice than a transparent attribution that doesn't call attention to itself. If it is necessary, then it's just shoring up weak dialogue.
Jan
3
comment Attributives in dialogue
Ah, I completely object to them. They're distracting at best, which is why I'm concerned about the over-use of "asked."
Jan
3
comment What software can handle both revision control and layout?
I think the question is just fine.
Jan
3
comment American English: Is it acceptable sentence structure to write, “May God have compassion on your family, in whole.”?
And I'll add, this question is more appropriate for english.stackexchange.com ...
Jan
3
comment I'm getting tired of “he said” “she said” in dialogue; how do I get around it?
I have to agree this isn't a good example. If you have to constantly explain your dialogue to the reader, it's not good dialogue.
Jan
21
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
Same difference.
Jan
20
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
possible duplicate of Do You Use Any Version Controlling Software/Methods As Writers?
Jan
20
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
Tor is kind of fast and loose -- they've even said their process is informal and they have two readers / editors, neither of whom is writing. Their parent, McMillan, however, doesn't accept unsolicited submissions. And signing a waiver is not signing away your copyright. It's acknowledging that you're on spec and that you don't know what the company already has in the works.
Jan
19
comment How many queries do you send to editors a week?
Being that this site is not doing as well as it should in terms of daily visits / questions -- why not just edit the question and provide an answer yourself. You've got the rep for it. We need all the questions we can get.
Jan
19
comment What is flash fiction?
Think any particular genre of fiction is better suited than others to the format?
Jan
19
comment What are the benefits of being a slush reader?
Maybe you've not been paying attention. A lot of places use them, though it's much more common in television. It's so bad in writing for TV that when you write on spec, your spec script for say, the Simpsons, will never even go to the producers of the Simpsons even with a waiver but instead will go to the producers of Family Guy, who may then ask you to write a Family Guy script if you did a good job with the Simpsons script.
Jan
19
comment Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
If it's fan fiction, it'll never be original.
Jan
18
comment Techniques for writing internal monologue
+1 for the "don't use italics" -- it really is a lazy way of writing. I think most "thinker attributions" are needless, too.
Jan
18
comment What tools do you use for your writing journal?
I just signed up for an account. Awesome, thanks for this one.
Jan
18
comment What tools do you use for your writing journal?
I'm really liking Celtx simply because it's free on the Mac. Very similar to Scrivener.
Jan
18
comment What tools do you use for your writing journal?
I love Moleskine's -- my trouble is organizing. I'm starting to go with one notebook per project.