The bane of our existence as writers. Though perhaps they only run a close second to those pesky little adverbs.
Now, there are two types of dialogue tags I want to discuss. The first being those annoying little non-said tags.
You know the ones. I’ve a whole slew of words to use instead of “said” that I received in my 11th grade creative writing class. I cringe to think about that now. I’ve looked for the list, actually, but I can’t find it. I think that’s a good thing.
But we know the drill. Said disappears. Readers don’t notice it. I’m sure I’m guilty of far too many non-said dialogue tags. I’ll catch those during one of these rounds of revisions.
On to non-said dialogue tags.
Here’s an example from my first novel, A Rose by Any Other Name.