In my writing, I’ve found that there are many different ways to present dialogue. And sometimes, there’s a debate between whether it’s right or wrong.
Integrating with a tag
Now, this is where it all depends on how you are as a writer. Some people think that using intricate dialogue tags are the best way to format dialogue. Others say that said should be used more. Others say that it’s a mixture.
A beat after/before a piece of dialogue is not using a tag. Rather, the actions are flowed into the dialogue. It’s important to integrate a mixture of dialogue tags and beats in your dialogue format.
- The colon
- Rarely used, I’ve seen this used briefly in Twilight (don’t hate me)
- The em-dash
- I’ve used this myself to place the quote in between an action.