I saw this topic started a little within a critique in another section, but I thought it would be a great discussion topic of its own. What are people's thoughts about sentence tags? I went through a lot of critiques when writing my first novel. This was a big issue for me at first. Then I realized that I could make the story so much more interesting if I did physical descriptions and take out most of my tags. For example, I may have said this at first: The centaur said with a whinny, “I-I believe I might quote words of the One, Didasko.” But would now say this: The centaur whinnied. Twenty-five weight-ups awaited him if he gave the wrong answer. His front hoof dug into the floor in agitation. “I-I believe I might quote words of the One, Didasko.” You know who is talking because you just described his actions before the quote...or you can do this after or between the quote. I also used to think it was okay to say stuff like: She coughed, "That's okay." You can say that she coughed and tell how the words seemed to stick in her throat. But she didn't cough the word, she said it. I have learned to stay away from tags as much as possible, but if I use them, I use normal tags like 'said', 'asked', 'exclaimed'. What are your thoughts?