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How to master dialogue writing and reported speech
When you start to learn how to write dialogue, it seems very simple. All you need to do is add a reporting verb or dialogue tag.
You probably learned this at high school. When a character speaks lines of dialogue, you put a double quotation mark at the beginning and end.
But how do you punctuate dialogue correctly?
Also, how can you incorporate the correct tense in reported speech when it is part of the written dialogue?