Writing Glitch #244

Today’s glitch:

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Always capitalize the first word of dialogue, even if there’s part of the sentence as a whole before it.

When there’s a new speaker, begin a new paragraph.

He said, “Don’t you feel lonely living in your own little world?”

She whispered, “Don’t you feel powerless living in other people’s worlds?”

If the tag falls in the middle somewhere, though, don’t capitalize the first word after the tag: “Don’t you feel powerless,” she whispered, “living in other people’s worlds?”

 

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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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #244

  1. I’m curious. How would a set of one-sentence dialogue statements from different speakers be formatted? Would each sentence start a new paragraph? Example: “Who’s on first?” routine.

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