Dialogue: Laws and laws

  1. Every time a character speaks they get a NEW PARAGRAPH.  If you find this rule hard to remember, think of it as being rude to your characters when you do not honor them with a new paragraph.
  2. Write out all numbers, except years in dialogue.
  3. The sentence inside the quote is capitalized the same as it would be without the quote.

Examples:

“Darling,” she said, “would you hand me that ax?” (Darling, would you hand me that ax?)

“Oh, I get it,” he said.  “Now you want to chop off my head.” (Oh, I get it.  Now you want to chop off my head.)

“They found him,” she said, “all broken and bleeding but still alive.” (They found him all broken and bleeding but still alive.)

“They found his body,” she said.  “He washed ashore just two miles below the dam.” (They found his body.  He washed ashore just two mile below the dam.)

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