Writing Tip For The Day

When in doubt, use ‘said’ when attributing dialogue. What you want as a writer is for your reader to forget you actually exist, and enter the story you’re telling, believing it’s real. Nothing will pull them out of the ‘reality’ of your book more than bad attribution of dialogue, or excessive variety of attribution. So, “said” is perfectly fine attribution for dialogue in novels. Don’t labor to find such synonyms as uttered, pronounced, responded, or retorted. They’ll only destroy the credibility of your story.

About Brian Finnegan

My second novel, Knowing Me Knowing You was published in May 2013. It's about a teenage ABBA fan club who reunite 30 years later to travel to Stockholm to an ABBA reunion concert. My first novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, was published last year. It's the story of five people who loose their jobs on the same day and set up a club where they watch classic films in each other's houses every month. My full-time day job is as editor of GCN magazine in Ireland.

Posted on October 23, 2012, in Bits 'n' Pieces. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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