“I’m Getting a Bag. Right Now!” How we talk matters.

Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation
Dogs Are Smarter Than People: Writing Life, Marriage and Motivation
"I'm Getting a Bag. Right Now!" How we talk matters.

In Episode Six of our podcast, we get a closer look at the differences in speech patterns and get to hear Shaun impersonate his grandmother and totally not understand the use of adjectives in dialogue tags. This sounds vaguely boring, but I promise. It’s probably our funniest cast yet.

Dog Tip For Life: 

We communicate with our bodies, not just our words. Communicating effectively gets you more treats.

Rosie and Goldie are communicating that they want more treats!

Writer Tip of the Cast:

To improve your dialogue try to do the following four things. . .


  1. Don’t make all your characters sound the same. Don’t expect all the people in your life to sound the same, either.
  2. Avoid -ly words in your dialogue tags. Let the dialogue be clear. Show how you feel with words and actions.
    1. Don’t say:
      1. “This sucks,” he said, sadly.
      2. “I’m so happy,” she said, gleefully.
  3. Don’t forget body language when writing dialogue or when you’re talking to others. Body language can tell us as much about intent as words and it can change intent like this:
    1. “I love you.” Shaun made an obscene gesture.
    2. “I love you.” Shaun’s fingers formed a giant heart.
    3. “I love you.” Shaun cupped the back of her head and brought her head towards him.
  4. Read your dialogue aloud. It helps to know if it rings true or all sounds the same or sounds stilted.


Author: carriejonesbooks

I am the NYT and internationally-bestselling author of children's books, which include the NEED series, FLYING series, TIME STOPPERS series, DEAR BULLY and other books. I like hedgehogs and puppies and warm places. I have none of these things in my life.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: