The Write Word with Wareeze

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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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at
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