Or more precisely, a conversation in six sentences.
A pupil recently asked me about writing speech in stories.
“Do I need to put he said, she said after every sentence?” he asked.
“No.” I replied. “If you look at a story in a book, you’ll notice that they very rarely indicate who has spoken.”
“Really?” He picked up a book, read a few sentences. “Oh yes, I see what you mean!”
“There you go. You have to learn to trust the reader; they’re cleverer than beginner writers give them credit for. The reader can recognise who’s speaking when people are taking turns in a conversation.”
“So you only have to indicate the names at the start?”
“Well,” I said, “You might want to occasionally remind them who’s speaking.”
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