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Old 11-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #15
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"Some writers worry that the reader won’t quite “get” the dialogue, and decide to spell things out, like this:

“I hate you!” George slammed the door and ran upstairs. He was furious with his mum – he felt that she was being unfair."

I have zero issue with this any longer. Pretty much every million-selling author I read bangs it home when someone is angry or sad, by telling the reader explicitly that they are angry or sad, to the extent that I figure they must be right. Because, millions.

Then I read the sort of optimistic advice that was linked above and I say to myself "That's easy for you to say anonymous nobody I've never heard of." I ball up my fists and shake them at the sky. Because I'm angry. Possibly sad. Or hungry.
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