The title should really be "Here's One Way To Use Attribution Tags When Writing Dialogue."
Because the author makes it seem like this is only way.
It's just one way of using tags.
Read that again:
This is just one way of using attritbution tags.
For instance, the author writes:
- Place the attribution tag at the end, so your reader pays attention to the quote itself.
- "I’m feeling confident about how to punctuate direct quotes," Sheila said.
Sheila said, "I’m feeling confident about how to punctuate direct quotes."is also correct.
She also advises:
In most cases, place the speaker’s name first, followed by the attribution word:Um...not quite.
NOT said Sheila
- Sheila said
"Said Sheila" is also correct.
Author Juliette Wade has a post on the "Sheila said/said Sheila" issue.
Read it. There's some good stuff in there.
So what's the lesson for today?
The only rule in writing is to write a good story.
Dialogue attritubion tags?
Whatever way works best.