“Dialogue writing is different than prose writing. ‘Snapped, sighed,
barked, spat’ . . . get in the way of the reader’s ability to absorb
what people are saying in conversation. The only reason to put he
said/she said in at all is to quickly remind the reader who’s talking,
and then the author steps out. [The] emotional state . . . will be
conveyed in what is said rather than an adverb showing how it’s said . .
. Use those stronger verbs but never ever in dialogue.”
Many beginning writers try to vary their dialogue tags to liven their
prose, but most literary agents and publishers advise using only the
dialogue tags “said” and “asked” with very few exceptions.
In your initial post:
Define in your own words what makes dialogue “authentic” and why
and give an example of “good dialogue” from one of the two books you
have read this term to support your answer.