WRITING TIPS: Want to break up boring dialogue, show and not tell, stop info-dumping your setting, and sneak in character description? Check out K.M. Allen’s blog post! ~Bette A. Stevens 4writersandreaders
If you’re wondering what an action beat is, you’re not alone. Not too long ago, I didn’t know what it was either.
I’ve since learned it’s an action your character is doing while they’re talking.
Yeah, it’s not exactly an earth-shattering revelation and is something you’ve probably been writing naturally anyway, it’s just now you know there’s an actual name for it.
Not only does this writing trick have a name, it also has four good reasons why you should be working actions beats into your dialogue.
4 Reasons To Use Action Beats When Writing
1. Action Beats Break Up The Boring
When an action beat pairs with your dialogue, it breaks up the usual he said/she said monotony of dialogue tags.
“Hi,” Jenny said.
“Hi.” Jenny lifted her hand, waving her fingers in Carla’s face.
Action beats will also break up long passages of dialogue, puts…
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