phantagrae Posted October 19, 2015 Posted October 19, 2015 I hear you! I haphazardly use my commas sometimes! I find people that learned English as a second language have better grammar than native speakers. Probably because they took the time to learn the rules properly. My dad's grammer was amazing! Mine....not so much lol !this is what I do:" blah blah blah" Sheldon said.or "blah blah blah."If there is something after the quote I put the period there. If not I put it in the quote . I'm not sure if that's right though.As many times as I read something before publishing, I always find stuff to correct after. Ugh...bane of my existence!You should give that 100 word drabbles a shot. It's fun!For dialog, you use a comma when someone has spoken and then you're going to add the description, as in your first example:"Let me get you a hot beverage," Sheldon said.You would use a period is there is nothing to come after the dialog:Sheldon said, "Let me get you a hot beverage."Any other punctuation, like a question or exclamation mark, would take the place of the comma if you're adding a description afterward:"Would you like a cup of tea?" Sheldon asked. Catching such mistakes is another reason why I always advocated the use of a beta reader whose function is basically as an editor. An impartial set of eyes can catch mistakes we overlook ourselves, because we know what we meant to write and think we're being clear. I think that very few people will go back and reread a corrected story unless substantial plot changes have been made and you make some kind of big announcement that you've changed what they've already read. I would rather make sure I have it exactly the way I want it the first time, rather than being in such a rush to post it that I overlook things. This can also help with having to go back and correct plot points, as going over it with your beta can help you think through the overall plot. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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