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Date Mon May-07-12 09:49 PM
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I agree. I also think there are times, perhaps rare, where the words don't indicate how the words are said. While an exclamation point can always indicate volume, there's still a difference between cheering loudly and, say, snarling loudly -- if the tone is *different* from what the reader expects, I don't know why you wouldn't put it in.

That said, I think one of the differences between "walk" and "said" is that we have the actual speech with a dialogue tag, whereas the verb IS the showing with other types of verbs. Without a movie, we can't see the character walking the same way we can see what their actual words are and the punctuation they, the characters, used. So, vivid, strong action verbs ARE showing for all actions except dialogue, whereas dialogue itself is the showing part of speech -- and then the dialogue tag becomes telling instead of showing.

Just as I think there are good times for both telling and showing of scenes/events, I think there are times when you need telling with dialogue as well, but I'm guessing that's one of the reasons for the "rule" and why it only applies to dialogue tags.

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Ten fun writing fiction rules [View all] , Weird Jim, Sat May-05-12 12:25 PM
  RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Chaos, May 07th 2012, #1
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Weird Jim, May 07th 2012, #2
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Erin_M_H, May 07th 2012, #3
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, RavenCorbie, May 07th 2012 #4
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Weird Jim, May 08th 2012, #5
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Erin_M_H, May 08th 2012, #6
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, RavenCorbie, May 08th 2012, #9
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, bonniers, May 08th 2012, #7
           RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Erin_M_H, May 08th 2012, #8
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, CatrinP, May 09th 2012, #10
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Weird Jim, May 11th 2012, #11
Hissing, RavenCorbie, May 11th 2012, #12
      RE: Hissing, MarFisk, May 14th 2012, #14
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, godpantsminus, May 12th 2012, #13
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, mpv.muthu, Aug 11th 2012, #15
RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Laevus, Aug 13th 2012, #16
      RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Weird Jim, Aug 13th 2012, #17
           RE: Ten fun writing fiction rules, Laevus, Aug 13th 2012, #18

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