Writing Glitch #223

Today’s glitch:


Don’t capitalize the first word of a dialogue tag that follows a question mark; it’s still part of the same sentence despite the end punctuation on the dialogue itself.

“Shall we take a trip?” he asked the old fortune teller, offering her a poppy seed roll. “I hear the sunless lands are very nice this time of year.”

Sunless Lands may also be the actual name of a place, in which case you’d capitalize the name.

Notice that neither fortune teller nor poppy seed are single words.


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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One Response to Writing Glitch #223

  1. Word Editor really fights me on the capitalization issue. I know the first word after the question mark should not be capitalized, but it thinks otherwise. It’s very annoying. I keep reminding it that I am in charge here.

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