Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: how to make your characters talk in a book

  1. #1
    Teen Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    haymarket Va
    Posts
    17

    how to make your characters talk in a book

    i was wondering how you make characters talk when your writing a book do you use the word said at the end of every sentence or do you use something else.sorry if this isn't in the right place i just didn't know where else to put it.

  2. #2
    Three Trio Tres Member theAnimeRebel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Behind you.
    Posts
    337
    Yeah, Rio's probably going to move your thread. (to the writer's section, I don't hang out there so I don't know the specific location. ) But while it's here....

    It's called a DIALOGUE TAG.
    So when done correctly, looks something like this: (Courtesy of Peanuts)

    "I will love you forever." he said.
    "Yes yes yes!" she said.
    "Forever being a relative term." he said.
    She creamed him with a waffle iron.

    Now, one musn't always use "said" for a dialogue tag, it's quite dull after awhile, actually. Keep in mind though that they are, for the most part, invisible to the reader.

    Shouted, sighed, whispered, breathed, snorted, guffawed, laughed, chuckled, sobbed, cried, bleeped, blipped, etc...
    Get a thesaurus to help you with some more original

    A word of caution. Some writer's like to use verbs as dialogue tags. While this works under some cases ("He grinned") it is often times sloppy and over down. Use sparingly.
    (I mean, come on, how many people can actually "bark" an order for a three-cheese pizza?)
    "Make sure the room is brightly lit and stay far away from the TV."

    (Also, I'M BACK FROM THE DEAD!!!)

  3. #3
    Lord of Death jubeh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Space
    Posts
    12,764
    Just use 'said' until you're a better writer, otherwise you'll feel compelled to find the appropriate word for every situation and your writing will be nigh unreadable to anyone who notices.

  4. #4
    Teen Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    haymarket Va
    Posts
    17
    ok thanks guys

  5. #5
    Fifty Fifty Member Evil_Cake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Z'ha'dum
    Posts
    5,533
    Np

  6. #6
    Three Trio Tres Member theAnimeRebel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Behind you.
    Posts
    337
    You didn't even say anything Cake!
    "Make sure the room is brightly lit and stay far away from the TV."

    (Also, I'M BACK FROM THE DEAD!!!)

  7. #7
    Fifty Fifty Member Evil_Cake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Z'ha'dum
    Posts
    5,533
    I c so its gonna be like that

  8. #8
    Super Senior Member Celestial-Fox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,113
    Once the speakers become easily identifiable—whether it be by the pattern of the dialogue or the unique style of speaking the character have—then tags may become unnecessary.

    SPOILER! :
    "I think we should go now," he said.

    She glared sharply. "Be patient. We can wait."

    "Why not?"

    "Because it's dark out, and we won't be able to find our way!"


    -

    Also, AnimeRebel's examples are incorrect. Whenever the tag is at the end of the quote, the punctuation right before the end of the quote can never include a period. The period is changed to a comma.
    SPOILER! :
    "Who are you? Where did you come from?" he asked.

    "I don't think that's any of your business. You have all the information you need until tomorrow. Now please excuse me, I must be go—"

    "Wait! Don't walk away! Why did you even come here?"

    The strange woman stopped in her tracks. Without turning to face him, she said, "You'll see in due time."

    "You better be telling the truth. I really hate liars. And even more than that, I really hate tricks," he murmured under a growl.
    Last edited by Celestial-Fox; 12-21-2012 at 06:32 PM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •