Practical punctuation, reblogged from Connie Jasperson at Life in the Realm of Fantasy
While a certain amount of literary license in dialogue can enrich our work, our dialogue may be too rich with run-on sentences, and not in a good way.
Also, while everyone has read books that inspire them to become writers, some authors never learned how to write the kind of dialogue they envision. They don’t understand the fundamentals and don’t realize how their lack of understanding ruins their work.
Always begin what is actually spoken (dialogue) with a capitalized word, no matter where in the sentence it begins.
- Mary glanced over her shoulder and said, “I’m sorry. I can’t go with you.”
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