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Interpreting AutoCrit Results › 2. Dialogue

Dialogue Tags and Dialogue Tag Frequency

  The AutoCrit analysis helps you identify the kinds of dialogue tags you’re using in your manuscript and how often you’re using them. This helps you in two ways: Editors and readers prefer minimal use of dialogue tags in fiction, so this helps you determine whether you need to cut any excessive or unnecessary tags.

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Adverbs in Dialogue

A major pitfall of an amateur writer is the use of adverbs in dialogue tags.  Adverbs are those –ly words that modify verbs. For example: quickly asked. said angrily. wistfully said. happily replied. In fiction, adverbs tend to weaken your writing.  So the general rule in fiction is to eliminate as many adverbs as possible, and replace

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