anonymous asked:

I don't know if you saw the sp. But we got another wise Killian moment, I don't know if is the let down feeling that's is going around cs fandom (me included), But I'm kind used to R and co to dismiss his suggestions, I know is the heat of the moment there, but now I’m having a hard time remembering a time when Emma listened to him either in these types of situations? Or even after anology that he was right about something?

I didn’t watch the clip, only saw gifs. The real problem here is if everyone listened to Killian there would be no conflict. Because he’s usually right about whatever threat/problem we’re talking about at any given time. Emma deferred to his judgment a lot in Neverland. Not much since? I think David’s admitted Killian was right a couple of times.

I remember thinking this a lot during the later seasons of BtVS: why don’t people listen to Spike?! He’s right, you ding dongs! 

So this isn’t my first rodeo where old (but young looking) English accented man is right about…everything. LOL

Seriously though, I cannot tell you how much I am against the idea of the moment Jemma calls him “Leo” being an indication that she loves him romantically.

Because that means the intimacy they currently have isn’t enough, that there’s some other level they can reach, that somehow romance is more important and more special than the intimacy and bond that they currently share.

She calls him Fitz, because to her, in her heart, he is Fitz. That’s his name. And she’s his best friend in the world. If you don’t call your best friend by their first name, that is not their name.

Suddenly realizing you have romantic feelings for someone should not suddenly change the importance, and in this case, the intimacy of a relationship. Definitely not in this case.

And it’s important to note - if “The Beginning of the End” is indeed Jemma’s “FZZT”, then why did Jemma not have a moment where she screamed out his first name? Because instead she called him Fitz, over and over again, said no over and over again, because that's more than enough because if Jemma, after so much, does not call him Leo, then the most intimate, personal name for him is in fact Fitz.

And if suddenly, Jemma’s calling him “Leo” and that means she loves him “more” than she already does - then we’re once again perpetuating the idea that romance is “more” than this intrinsic, tight bond that they already have.

Basic Writing Tips: Dialog Tags

Hi everyone!

Today, we have a guest blog post from S.J. Forester, the editor in chief of Perfect Analogy Publishing. They’re taking over the blog to share some writing tips. This first one is about Dialog Tags.

Get your pens and papers ready for our lecture is about to start!

Originally posted by plainskeletons

He said. Jane shouted.

The Basics.

Tags may seem simple, but they’re actually one of the most abused features in fiction writing. The purpose of a dialog tag is simply to indicate who is speaking (he, she, Jane, Mike) and any special qualities of their speech (whispered, shouted, asked). And a tag should only be used if either of those pieces of information are necessary.

So if the reader already knows who’s speaking and there is no special quality of the speech that the reader needs to be aware of, then there is no need for a dialog tag.

The General Rules.

1. Don’t use a tag if you don’t need one.

Originally posted by rompimilecostoleconunabbraccio

2. If you need to indicate who is speaking, then use an action instead of a dialog tag if possible.

E.g. Mike belched and wiped his mouth on his sleeve. “That was delicious.”

Originally posted by be-on-exchange

3. If there is no appropriate action, then use a simple “invisible” tag. 

“Jane/Mike/he/she said.” Good dialog tags are invisible. They blend into the background of the story. Fancy or flashy tags distract from the dialog. Don’t use them.

Originally posted by rompimilecostoleconunabbraccio

4. When there is a special quality to the speaking that needs to be communicated, use precise verbs. 

“Mike shouted/whispered/muttered/asked.” But watch out for redundancy.

I.e. “I hate you!” vs. “I hate you!” she shouted.’ This bit of dialog probably doesn’t need a tag, and the exclamation does a good job of showing us that she’s shouting.

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

5. Avoid adverbs in dialog tags. 

The dialog itself should indicate the qualities that an adverb would indicate. If you find yourself using an adverb in a dialog tag, then you should take a minute to consider how you could better write the dialog to show the quality indicated by the adverb.

E.g. ’ “I don’t wanna!” the little boy shouted angrily.’ could become ’ “I! Don’t! Wanna!” the little boy shouted.’ Or preferably without the dialog tag at all.

Originally posted by phuckimaphan

6. However, adverbs are generally preferable to long explanations. 

It’s much easier to write “she said coldly” than to explain exactly what is cold about her voice. But it’s still better yet to make the dialog itself read coldly so that you need neither an explanation nor an adverb.

Originally posted by stupidteletubbie

7. Use tags as early as possible. 

Putting a tag at the end of an entire paragraph of dialog doesn’t help much. The reader needs to know as early as possible who is speaking. This is another reason that actions are preferable to tags. It’s much easier to start a paragraph with an action that to start a paragraph with a tag.

Originally posted by shortcut-to-wonderland

8. In exception to most of the above, dialog tags can be used to help dialog “breathe” to give it a rhythm. 

You can use dialog tags to add pauses, to slow dialog down, to break up long walls of dialog. Actions are generally preferable for this, but a simple “he said” can really save a long section of dialog from becoming overwhelming.

Originally posted by nika-annie


Basic: “This is fun,” he said.

Special punctuation: “Do you like bread?” she asked.

Create a pause with a tag: “I’ve eaten some good pie in my time,” he said, “but this sure takes the cake.”

Create a pause with an action: “Wow!” He looked up towards the peak. “That sure is a big mountain.”

Create a pause with an action in the middle of a sentence: “Wow! That sure is"—he looked up towards the peak—"a big mountain.”

Interrupted speech: “I’m ready to—”

“No you aren’t,” Mike interrupted.

*Note that the dashes used in the last two examples are em-dashes, not hyphens. Most word processors, like MSWord, will automatically replace two hyphens (–) with an em-dash (—). I will go into more detail on the different types of dashes and other special punctuation in a future article.

That’s it folks!

First lesson is over. Hope you learned something!

Originally posted by realitytvgifs