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Dialogue Tags Exercise

Dialogue Tags Exercise

The other day I came across a great series of article from Jen Matera on Write Divas about Dialogue Tags and I’ve been trying to work out how to share these articles with you since. At first I was going to do a summary article but then I felt the points they try to make would work better as an exercise so that is what we are going to do today.

We’ll start with the basics. Below are five pieces of dialogue and the tags to show who is speaking. Please add in the correct punctuation marks for each situation. The answers are below the break

1) “Please leave me alone while I read the paper” Rupert said

2) “What would you like to order today” The Waitress asked

3) “Hello” said Jimmy “I’m looking for Mr Stewart”

4) “What the hell were you thinking” Gordon screamed

5) Fred noticed the lost looking tourists “can I help you”

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The Successful Submissions for the West Lothian Writers Second Anthology

As we mentioned in our post yesterday we’ve been busy selecting pieces from our members for the second West Lothian Writers Anthology. Now we have a finished the process we thought we would share the list and hopefully wet your appropriate for the book when it launches in November. Before that let’s talk about the title because we have one. Check below to find out what it is!

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WLW Meeting – 15/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 15/09/2015Better late than never here is the notes from our last meeting. The reason for the delay? We’ve been busy selecting the work for our next anthology. More news on that shortly! Anyway we saw a great turn out of eleven people including a first time visit of Winnie. We hope you enjoyed your time Winnie and you’ll be back next time.

This Week’s News

We start with some great news. Susi has had her baby, a beautiful girl called Daisy May Moffat who has already been nicknamed Bug! Everyone at West Lothian Writers wishes both Susi and Daisy the best!

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Lots of General Writing Advice

Lots of General Writing AdviceToday I thought we would look at some quick fire, general writing advice. If you are new – or returning after a long break – the tips below are a quick guide through the basics when putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. For those more experienced writers, these should be a good reminder of the things to keep in your head when creative writing.

Below the break you’ll find advice from Kami Kinard, Julia Bell and Ernest Hemingway – as we’ve been having a bit of a Hemingway theme recently we thought why not continue where we left off!

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WLW Meeting – 01/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 01/09/2015We saw a great turn out of ten people for this week’s meeting including a few returning faces.

This Week’s News

We’ll start with Eric whose debut novel A Clear Solution is now available for 99p on Kindle for the whole of September. If you haven’t read it yet then this is your chance. Also his short story Seline and The Seance has been entered into Inkitt: Laughable! competition. You can read and vote for it here.