Punctuating Speech

I often get asked about what are some of the most common errors when submitting manuscripts. In amongst the news we bring you over coming weeks we will endeavour to provide advice and tips about how to get your manuscript right.

The simple rules is:

Punctuation relating to speech goes inside the speech marks.

As an example:

Toby turned to Florence, “Do you think it’s going to rain today?”

“I’ve got my umbrella, just in case,” she said.

He looked out at the blue sky. “Well, I hope you are just being pessimistic. I don’t think I’ll take a coat.”

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