said

Only speech-Attributions, he said.

The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.

self-editing

Self-Editing; What to cut

How do you go about self-editing? Cutting forces you to decide what truly belongs and what doesn’t. Cut until you end up with a piece that works for you. Now the material you relate to the most, will stand out from the rest. You’re focusing the lens to create a sharper image. You’re discovering where the gaps are and what’s needed to fill them.

show

Show, don’t tell & partial scenes, when to use which?

Show, don’t tell. Built-in past is called “exposition” and requires explanations so the reader can understand what is happening now. In its very nature, this is ‘telling’ rather than showing. Showing, on the other hand, makes use of evocative description.