In my last post, we talked about internal dialogues, or thoughts our characters may have. But what about that which is spoken aloud?
How to punctuate dialogue can be confusing for those who are just starting out. I will warn you—from the reader’s perspective, punctuation is to writing what gravity is to the universe. It holds everything together.
What is spoken must be easily distinguished from the ordinary narrative. Therefore, punctuation is for the reader’s benefit. While we can take some liberties with grammar and dialect when writing conversations, following the established rules of punctuation is essential.
Many people are confused about how to punctuate conversations. It’s not that complicated. Here are four rules to remember:
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