From the seasoned one…

Today’s tip:

One of my biggest pet peeves while reading a story (and I’ve seen this in published books too) is when the author has a continuous conversation going on, but doesn’t say who is speaking and after a while, you have to go back to the top and go 1/2/1/2/1/2/1/2 so you can remember who is speaking when.

For example:

Entering the control room, Keith finds Lance sitting at the console.  Walking up to him, he asks, “Status.”

“Not much going on.”

“Did you run all the usual scans?”

“Yeah, all is quiet.”

“Anyone else come in?”

“Nope, been here all night. Glad you made it, it’s your turn.”

“Yeah, yeah, hopefully my shift will be just as quiet.”

“I’m sure it will be, what could happen?”

“Um, Lotor attacks?”

“Doubtful, he knows we’re here to kick his butt.”

“Yeah, because no one messes with Voltron.”

Lose track of who is speaking yet?  I know I have and I’m writing this!  This is an example of continuous conversation that can become really annoying.  Feel free to remind us every few lines who is speaking.

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