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Friday, February 04, 2005

Creative Perspectives - Punctuating Dialogue 101

So, you're going along, pounding away at the keyboard, the words flowing sweet and smooth like honey rolling downhill. Suddenly, a shiny object sitting beside your path distracts you. The temptation to stop for a closer look nudges you closer. You really should come back to examine the shiny object later. After all, you're in the writing zone, and if you stop, you might not be able to slide back into that coveted state of being.

The shiny object is dialogue punctuation, and for newer writers, it can be a pain in the rear. Even experienced, published authors flub it up at times. No one is perfect, right?

Well, don't miss the current Creative Perspectives Newsletter for a quick lesson on punctuating dialogue. It's free to subscribe!

Copyright 2005 by Karen Campbell – Questions, Comments: klynn @

Karen Campbell is a freelance writer and the owner of, an original fiction and fan fiction archive with numerous writing resources. She is also an affiliate of the DirectMatches business networking community located at and is committed to building a network of work-from-home professionals for knowledge sharing, support, and socializing.

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