Writing Glitch #82

I was unable to post yesterday, which is why you get two writing glitches today.

Today’s glitch:

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Around the world, various hell gates are opening. Demons are pouring out of them, wounded. Satan himself appears on television, saying, “Something has invaded Hell. Humanity, we need your help!”

You don’t necessarily have to leave hell uncapitalized in the first instance (hell gates), but you do need to capitalize it in the second, because it’s definitely a proper noun there.

You could leave out the word saying, but then you’d need to use a period instead of a comma before the dialogue, because appears on television is an associated action (beat), not a tag.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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