Dan Mackison

In the exercise for chapter two, she talks about "tags" but doesn't mention the term anywhere in the text of the chapter. Does anybody else with a copy know what she is talking about?

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Dan Mackison I received an emailed reply. Sharing here in case I wasn't the only one confused:

"Tags are various identifications assigned to characters to help readers visualize them and keep them straight from each other.

Much as a new garment in a store has numerous tags attached with information on country of manufacture, price, fiber content, laundry instructions, and size, a character tag provides information through the following:

Tags of personality—habits or behavior that “show” a personality trait.

Tags of appearance—height, hair and eye color, gender, humanoid or alien, etc.

Tags of mannerism—tics and habits. For example, the baseball pitcher that always unconsciously sticks out his tongue before he throws a curve ball or a child that twists her ponytail around her index finger when she’s cooking up a lie.

Tags of dialogue—vocabulary, syntax, loquacious or laconic, unique sayings, etc.

Tags of possession—clothing style, choice of vehicle or weapon or cell phone, items habitually carried, gear, etc.

Tags of habitat—home or workplace details, tidy or slovenly, choice of furnishings, family photos on the desk, etc.

Tags of name—what the character is called or responds to, along with its connotations.
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