Today I share one of my biggest pet peeves as an editor. The misplacement of quotes and punctuation in dialogue. Fixing this in an edit is very time consuming.
“Because I see this” she complained.
“And this.” she droned on.
“This too”. I find really annoying.
“Sometimes you don’t get any punctuation at all she screamed.
So what IS the right way to use quotes and punctuation?
If you have a dialogue tag, such as said, asked, whispered, and so on, you would use:
“Drive that truck on over here, baby. I’ll take you for a ride,” she called to the cowboy.
If you don’t have a tag, it goes like this:
“You can’t handle a man like me, little girl.” He revved the engine.
punctuation that completes the sentence–quotes–capitalized beginning of the next independent sentence.
In dialogue, punctuation always goes inside quotation marks.
That’s your Tuesday tip. Now go forth and write dialogue!