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Dialogue Grammar

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Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:34 am
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Snoink says...

Memorize the following rules:

“That sucks,” he said.

“That sucks!” he said.

“Does that suck?” he said.

“That sucks,” he said, slapping his knee.

“That sucks!” he said, slapping his knee.

“Does that suck?” he said, tilting his head.

“That sucks.” He slapped his knee.

“That sucks!” He slapped his knee.

“Does that suck?” He tilted his head.

“I think,” he said, “that sucks.”

Anything which isn’t being said gets a new sentence. Anything which is being said is on the same sentence. Follow the same structure and you will be a happy writer.
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angelcat2958 says...

“That sucks,” he said, slapping his knee.

I dont understand this one.

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Hannah says...

For the last one, I think there's a rule that you should only slip dialogue tags in the middle of dialogue if it's where a natural break would be. D:
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