Writing Glitch #425

(Glitch #424 was too boring; it had to go away.)

Today’s second glitch:

Always use a comma or commas to separate a direct address, even when addressing someone who isn’t actually present, from the rest of the sentence. (You do know how to do that, don’t you, O Reader of my blog? 🙂 )

Do not capitalize the first word following a dialogue tag when it’s a continuation of the sentence that began before the tag.

“Okay, hot boy who sits next to me in English class,” she whispered to herself, cracking her knuckles and grabbing a pen, “get ready to be cyberstalked!”

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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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