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How To Punctuate Dialogue

Have you ever written dialogue, only to find you are making simple mistakes with the punctuation but don't know why?

In this FREE eBook, you'll learn all of the skills you need to dialogue like a pro. 

The first chapter addresses some of the basics. You’ll learn about starting a new paragraph for each new speaker; you’ll discover the “best practice” for using quotation marks, and we’ll examine the difference between US and UK English.

The second chapter addresses punctuation of dialogue. You’ll learn a set of skills to understand the correct usage of punctuation marks. You’ll also discover the importance of separating spoken words (dialogue) and those presented via the narrator.

In the third chapter, you will discover the important element of attribution (dialogue tags). You’ll find out why using “said” is often the best choice. You will also discover a simple-to-apply technique that will fully engage you with your reader and will have you writing more interesting dialogue.

The fourth chapter introduces beats, which are the small sections of description between dialogue. You will learn when best to apply beats, see examples of them at work and discover how they can control the context of your character’s spoken words. You’ll also learn about the difference between direct and reported speech; you’ll discover how to format monologues that spread across multiple paragraphs, and we look a little deeper into attribution.

In the final chapter, you’ll be presented with an unformatted block of text. This will give you a chance to practice the skills you have learned. You’ll also be given a punctuated version of the example.

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How to Punctuate Dialogue

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