I have a problem. One of the strong points with my writing is dialogue. I feel like I have a good ear for it and people seem to agree. I think it was Steinbeck who said that you need to say your dialogue out loud before you write it and then it can be tweaked before its written down and it will sound like something humans would say. My fiancée will catch me walking around my makeshift office having one sided conversations over and over until I can get the cadence and the rhythm right.
However, I struggle with punctuation. I’m an English teacher, I teach English as a second language to primary learners but I never teach grammar or in depth creative writing. Also I find grammar stuff so dry that I can’t get my arse to gear to do the research.
My problem is where to put full stops and commas in dialogue.
If I write ‘I don’t think it will work,’ said Tom. ‘It’s too big.’ – should it be a capital S on said? Should there be a comma after work? Should there be a full stop after Tom?
I know I can research this twenty different ways but I’m sat at my computer in work packing up for the summer holidays and I thought ‘What’s the best resource for me to find help? Oh yeah all the awesome people who follow my blog!’
So if anyone can help me it would be much appreciated.