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Tip of The Day #4: Make sure the reader knows who is speaking

In The Elements of Style : Fourth Edition by William Strunk, Jr and E.B. White, they state," Dialogue is a total waste unless you know who the speaker is." There seems to be a trend toward, short, choppy dialogue, often without any clear indication of which character is speaking. This can interrupt the building of suspense or the flow of an important scene because the reader has to reread several times to determine who is saying what. Check your writing to be sure it is clear who is speaking at any given point in the dialogue. Your readers will thank you.