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Old 07-01-2016, 09:53 PM View Post #1 (Link) Dialogue tags: before or after?
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Usually, I tend to put dialogue tags after the text. "Hello," he said. If a character is saying something longer, I might put the dialogue tags in the middle, like J.K. Rowling does here:
“I hope he’s listening next door!” bellowed Uncle Vernon, “with his sprinklers on at three in the morning!”
However, someone recently responded to my work suggesting that I tag the dialogue before the quote. He said, "Hello."

As an example, they suggested the edit from
“Hey," he says.
to
He bends closer, smiles, and says, “Hey.”
This gives the reader imagery of the speaker before they read his words.

Does it matter if the tags are before or after the speech? Which way works better?
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