Hiiiii. I'm... new. Here. So I'm a tad nervous at immediately jumping to asking questions, but I'm positively itching to know other writers' thoughts on a specific issue I've been pondering. You probably guessed it from the title. I read all sorts of self-editing guides, most of which seem to convincingly state that you're never supposed to include action in a dialogue tag. (ie - a line used by Cogito himself in his "he said/she said" blog post --- "I was looking for you just now," said Jonathan as he pulled her aside from the stampede of students rushing to the cafeteria.) While "as" and "while" are sometimes allowed, I hear they are discouraged. Heavily. Only he said/she said, or words which modify how it is said should be there. I personally use action in abundance within my dialogue tags because it does not look right to me any other way. Once reading that they're evil I've tried to cut down on them and it gives me a headache because it feels like someone's telling me how to paint a picture. But, I suppose if you're trying to paint a lifelike picture, you do have to follow certain rules. Thoughts?