Since my own writing is so dialogue-heavy, it tends to be the first thing I notice when I read. It also tends to be the area in which I receive the most questions when I beta. Getting the punctuation right is easy. Ultimately, it comes down to voice.
Here are the basic rules:
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Yes, betas can love, too. A good beta should comment on all the little details that seem off, while giving you some much needed love and care for the baby that took you hours to birth. Your chapters should be filled with red marks, not only commenting on grammar, but also on the fabulously constructed sentences, the intriguing details, and that awesome character flaw you gave your heroine. The biggest reason for betas not to show this love is simply obvious grammar errors every writer should be able to avoid.
If you missed it on Twitter the other night, Kas90 put on her teacher glasses and got to work, teaching the class some of her pet-peeves in writing, which led to getting down to the nitty-gritty basics of grammar and punctuation. She covered things ranging from misused words, dialogue / action tags, semicolons, and commas. If you missed it, or you just need a refresher, you’re in luck! Here is a post covering the topics she discussed the other night!
Dialogue Tags vs. Action Tags:
Another week, another weekend. Let’s see what Vysed had to say this week, both with random tips and a series of tweets dedicated to dialogue tags.
For those who do not know what dialogue tags are, think he said/she said. They’re the phrases you choose to assign a speaker for your quotes.