So, let's fake up a scrap of dialogue: Emily asked, "Why are we here?" Henry said, "Bacon. This place has the best bacon in three states." "Which three states?" Henry shook his head. Irritated, "That's not the point. Stop taking me literally." Emily shrugged. "You're the one making the claims." My question is about the fourth line, where I'm using a non-tag as if it's a tag. This is not correct, right? Is it flat out totally wrong, or is it a style thing? I keep doing it, and then I keep correcting it, and then I keep wondering if I need to correct it. I suspect that I got it from Rumer Godden's very free hand with scraps of dialogue, but I'm not sure, and I'm not Rumer Godden, so what she got away with doesn't determine what I can get away with.