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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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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365 Of The Best Daily One-Word Writing Prompts

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Sometimes, when it comes to writing prompts, less is more.

Otherwise, why would you be here looking for one-word topics to write about

One solitary word can contain a universe of ideas — even small words like “if” and “or.”

So, why not keep it simple this coming year with a daily word prompt?

Who can tell what a full year of using word prompts can do for your development as a writer?

There’s only one way to find out.

And while we’re encouraging you to try, it seems only fitting to share what this practice has done for other writers

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How To Annotate A Book In 9 Key Steps

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To annotate any text is to make it your own. With annotating, you engage with the writing and its author. You turn it into a conversation. 

You’re not just reading the words any more; you’re interacting with them, all the better to understand and to benefit from what you learn. 

To help you in this, we created this brief but powerful guide on how to annotate a book. As you learn, feel free to apply your new skills to this post. 

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75 Of The Best Angst Writing Prompts Ever

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Angst — that feeling of anxiety, inner pain, and deep dread. Whatever your experience with angst, you know it’s not just for teenagers.

It’s a whole mood that saturates your life. It’s ageless and contains multitudes. 

If you want to include an angst-ridden character in your next book, you’ve come to the right place. 

To capture this emotion in your character’s dialogue, look through the angst prompts that follow, and take note of those that feel familiar to you.

Those are probably the ones that will take a firm hold of your imagination and get you writing at a furious pace. 

The best angst ideas come from your own experiences. 

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19 Best Self-Publishing Companies For Your Writing Business

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You’ve spent weeks writing, rewriting, and polishing your manuscript.

Now, you have it in book form — thoroughly edited, artfully formatted, and wrapped in a gorgeous cover. 

Because you’ve chosen to self-publish.

And while thousands of self-published authors sell 300 or fewer copies of their books, you know hundreds sell them in the thousands, because they’ve learned how to market them.

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111 Awesomely Clever Narrative Writing Prompts

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From the time you learn how to talk, you have stories to tell.

Faced with a classroom writing assignment, though, you can feel the fog rolling in, hiding all your best personal narrative ideas. 

To clear that fog, sometimes, all you need are some simple questions to get started, which is why so many of the personal narrative prompts in this post include them. 

You’ll find the prompts grouped by theme to make your search for ideas easier. 

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