How To Punctuate Dialogue: 11 Rules To Write It Like A Pro

Writing a good story is hard enough without having to worry about your dialogue punctuation.

Our goal in this post is to answer any questions you might have about punctuating dialogue.

One of the main issues with this is knowing the difference between a dialogue tag and an action beat.

With the widespread confusion between the two, it’s high time we spell out some clear rules for commas in dialogue. 

When you’re done reading this, you’ll know what belongs where and why.

And your editor will love you for it.

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9 Of The Most Useful Thesauruses For Writers

Throw out the term “thesaurus words,” and you’ll probably get some side-eye from writers who see the thesaurus as a crutch for amateur writers trying to make their writing sound more sophisticated. 

But a thesaurus can help you find the right words for your project — the ones that say what you need to say, just the way you need to say it.

The words every writer should know, after all, are the words they need to tell a compelling story or to get their point across with clarity, simplicity, and elegance. 

So, the best thesaurus for writers is the one that helps them find those words as efficiently as possible, so they can get back to the business of writing. 

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Writing a Story? 10 Key Parts Of A Story You Must Include

Do you know the essential parts of a story — or why they’re essential?

Think back to the last story you read (or listened to) that captured your imagination and held onto it to the end.

Chances are the story elements described in this article were responsible for that.

And you can probably point to at least one of them and remember how that element in the story took hold of you.

But what are the elements of a compelling story?

And how do you put them together to create one of your own?

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21 Of The Top Children’s Book Publishers

After all the work you’ve done on your new children’s book, you’d like to publish it.

And you want to know how to publish a children’s book without an agent. 

If you have to choose between self-publishing and traditional publishing, you’re honestly leaning toward the latter.

We honor both paths here, so if you’re looking at the traditional publishing route, we’ll do all we can to light the way forward.

To that end, we’ve combed lists of children’s book publishers accepting submissions and have made a list of those still open to un-agented authors. 

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99 Fun Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

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You keep running into microfiction stories in your social media feeds. Some of them are really good, too.

And you’re thinking, “I bet I could write something like that.”

All you need are some inspiring flash fiction prompts to get you started.

Even if you just want to challenge yourself to write more and to share more of what you write, flash fiction is an excellent way to hone your storytelling skills.

And if you win some flash fiction writing challenges along the way, so much the better.

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37 Words of Diction To Use In Your Writing

When was the last time a reader asked you about the diction you’re using in your current work in progress? 

Yeah, me neither. 

Most people ask about the characters, the plot, maybe the theme. Maybe. But diction doesn’t come up often in friendly conversations about books. 

Considering how important it is, though, maybe it should. 

And considering the types of diction you have to choose from (it’s not just a question of formal vs. informal), I’m glad you’re here to learn more about it.

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66 Horror Writing Prompts That Are Freaky As Hell

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Looking for some scary story ideas for your next writing project?

Sometimes, a good scary prompt idea is all you need to get started on a dark story your readers won’t be able to put down.

And that is the goal. What’s a horror story without white-knuckle suspense?

You want your readers at the edge of their seats, unable to stop though they know something bad is about to happen.

You also want to reward them for reading to the end and leave them wanting more.

So, how can this collection of horror writing prompts help with that?

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