Writing Glitch 1092

Today’s glitch:

Y’know how titles of books are supposed to be italicized? (You do know that, right?) Well, this rule applies even when the title is mentioned in dialogue.

“It’s like Lord of the Flies out there.”

(If the title of a shorter work — short story, article in a periodical, non-epic poem, etc. — is mentioned in dialogue, write the title inside single quotation marks, since they’d be inside double quotation marks otherwise: “I’m sure my interpretation of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ was partly due to it reminding me of an illustration in a psychology textbook.” If you follow the UK English convention of writing dialogue inside single quotation marks, use double quotation marks for the title.)

 

 

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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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