Dialogue tags are one of the more controversial and debated topics in the writing world. Some say they shouldn’t be needed at all while others say action tags are the best. One camp in this debate, though, is based on a myth. “Said is dead” is a common phrase shared often by those who want their writing to be more grandiose. In most cases, though, if you must have a dialogue tag without action, then ‘said’ is the way to go.
Said is absolutely not dead in the writing world, but it is invisible. We discuss in this episode how sometimes it is the best option for noting who is speaking without distracting from the purpose of the phrase, and how invisible is a good thing.
First aired March 8, 2021.