Writing Glitch #272

Today’s glitch:

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As with dialogue, you should not use a colon to separate what a note/letter says from the rest of the sentence, either. Use a comma.

After a night on the town, you wake up in a tub of ice with two incisions on your back and a note that reads, “Why don’t you have any kidneys? What are you?”

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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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #272

  1. I’ve always wondered the correct way for this, so thanks for clearing it up. Cheers

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  2. This is a very helpful post. I really appreciate what you do. Thank you.

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