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He Said, She Said
I’m editing CAUGHT UP IN US and one of the things I’m paying close attention to is the use of dialogue tags. A lot of books overuse dialogue tags or rely too much on cutesy ones like “he intones” or “she counters” or “he muses.”
Here’s what I’ve learned from editing my own work and being edited in various capacities over the years. He said and she said work fine the vast majority of the time. Also, we don’t need dialogue tags as much as we think we do. Trust the reader — she or he will probably be able to follow who’s speaking even if you don’t note it in every single sentence of dialogue.
A #1 New York Times Bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling, and #1 Audible Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s sweet, sexy and witty. She also writes red-hot, sexy romance and USA Today bestselling LGBTQ romance. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, with more than 50 titles on the USA Today Bestsellers list alone. She’s sold more than 4 million books. She likes dogs, cake and show tunes…