Tags and Beats
Hello again and many thanks for sharing your time with me. As usual, I’m offering bits and pieces about writing. I’m hopeful the discussion will be of interest to you. Today, I’ll be discussing the differences between a tag and a beat, plus a tag mixed with a beat. For those of you who haven’t a clue as to what a tag or beat means, this is for you. I didn’t have the foggiest idea about what either a tag or a beat meant until I joined my RWA group.
Tags and beats are necessary to allow the reader to keep track of the speaker during dialogue. A story without dialogue would be boring beyond description, thus the tags and beats.
We’ll tackle tags first. A tag identifies each speaker in the dialogue:
He said, commanded, declared, informed and words along those lines are tags to identify the speaker. Often, the person’s…
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