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Thank you James R. Tuck for finally nailing down why said-isms / speechtags are bad. The minute I read the words of your Magical Words blog post, I jumped in my seat. “THAT’S IT!” What I have been trying to define from the hazy feeling of vague wrongness.
Speechtags are a tell – you tell the reader who is speaking – instead of showing them.
Speechtags break the show, don’t tell rule.
Read the whole Magical Word entry here: SPEECHTAGS ARE OF THE DEVIL (he said).