Some things are just tricky.
Taxes. French cooking. Training my dog not to lick me in the face no matter how many times I tell her not to.
Dialogue Tags, Action Beats, and Voice Descriptors do not have to be tricky, friends. And there is a way to (first) differentiate and (second) use them effectively so your agent/editors will sigh with relief.
Also: take care that if this is a trouble spot for you, you’re not alone! As a freelance editor, this is one of the most common errors I see, and nothing that can’t be cleared up quickly.
So let’s break it down!
(these definitions are my takes btw, so I’m sure Dictionary.com is gonna say something diff)