EDIT ME — Punctuating Dialogue

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Today we’re tackling punctuation–groan–in dialogue! Read on for the fun! No, really. I’m going to make it fun.

Dialogue without a dialogue tag (said, replied, etc)

“No donuts.”

Dialogue with tag.

“No donuts,” she said.

Dialogue with dialogue tag first.

She drawled, “No donuts.”

Dialogue with action.

She smacked her gum. “No donuts.”

Dialogue with action and tag.

“No donuts,” she said, smacking her gum.

Dialogue with action and tag first.

Smacking her gum, she said, “No donuts.”

Other ways to flip out about a donut shortage.

“No donuts?”

“No donuts!”

Flipping out about donut shortage with action and tags.

“No donuts?” he demanded, pointing his rifle at her.

“No donuts!” she yelled, backing against the wall.

Separating with action that indicates she will pee her pants.

“No donuts,” she said, leaning away from the rifle, “but I can make you some.”

Cutting off dialogue.

“No don–”

Trailing off.

“No…

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EDIT ME — Proofreading Tips

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Proofreading is a daunting task. If you’re lucky, you have a great copy editor who will catch all your errors. But most of you don’t. And even if you do, you want to hand in the cleanest copy of your work possible.

Here are 2 tips to a better proofread:

1. Read aloud — I just did this the other day. Why, you ask? Because the sound of my own voice gives me goosebumps. No, I’m kidding (sorta).

In this particular edit, the author and I did 2 very deep rounds of editing that included content, grammar and punctuation. But when I started proofreading, I was still catching errors at this late stage. Extra words, wrong emphasis on words, screwy comma placement…

The best way to catch mistakes? Read it aloud.

When you you read this reading you might see some errors.  *grin*

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Yep, our brains skip things. Read it…

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We want to sail away

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Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away - a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world.  by artist Susan Stockwell Sail Away – a constantly expanding, large-scale installation in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London, consisting of hundreds of small boats made from paper money bills, maps and tickets from all around the world by artist Susan Stockwell

This post is part of our second Theme Week where since last Friday, you the public had the chance to choose between 5 themes/inspirations for each post this week. Yet again you chose probably the most challenging theme we had listed: ‘Miniature’ Hope you enjoy… 🙂

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