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This is it! Our final installment in how to punctuate dialogue like a boss And we’re talking about questions and quotations in dialogue because why not fry our brains a little more. Are you ready? And as a reminder, our last two podcasts also talk about this, so you should check them out. Let’s start with . . . Questions and Exclamations in Dialogue and there is not dialogue tag or beat. They are just standing out there all by their lonesome. When this happens, you just put the question mark or the exclamation point inside the last end quotation marks. “Carrie is obsessed with manatees?”“Carrie is obsessed with manatees!” So the formula for that is: BEGINNING QUOTATION MARKS + QUESTION OR EXCLAMATION + QUESTION MARK OR EXCLAMATION POINT + END QUOTES Questions and Exclamations With a Dialogue Tag Now let’s add a dialogue tag for those questions and exclamations. So here again, the exclamation point or question marks are right there inside the second set of quotation marks. DO NOT USE A COMMA, TOO! BANISH IT! And do not capitalize the dialogue tag. LOWER CASE THAT BABY! It’s all the same sentence even with the exclamation point/question mark in there. “Carrie is into manatees?” they asked, pretty much scowling because that was weird. “Carrie is into manatees!” he said, gesticulating at the manatee. The manatee winked. BEGINNING QUOTATION MARKS + QUESTION OR EXCLAMATION + QUESTION MARK OR EXCLAMATION POINT + END QUOTES + lowercase dialogue tag and the rest of the sentence + PERIOD. Okay. Moving on to this dangerous territory. Quote Inside Your Dialogue Sometimes, you’ll have a character who is telling you a direct quote from someone else or a book or a song lyric within their dialogue, ...
For the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about writing archetypes for our characters and how they also apply to the real life humans we used to meet and interact with before Covid-19. There are lists out there all over the place about this. Most have slight variations on the number of archetypes or the names of the archetypes. Oh! If you haven’t heard in our past episodes, an archetype is according to MasterClass: An archetype is an emotion, character type, or event that is notably recurrent across the human experience. In the arts, an archetype creates an immediate sense of familiarity, allowing an audience member to relate to an event or character without having to necessarily ponder why they relate. Thanks to our instincts and life experiences, we’re able to recognize archetypes without any need for explanation. MasterClass People Last week we talked about the seducers, the week before we talked about the misfits and mavericks. This week, we’re going easy on you with the creator. According to MasterClass, the creator is, “A motivated visionary who creates art or structures during the narrative.” They make things! Like writers! They usually have willpower. They are sometimes self-involved. Or they suck at practical things. Over on ArielHudnel.com, it says (all bold their emphasis), “Also known as the artist, innovator, inventor, architect, musician, and dreamer, the Creator is solely focused on examining the boundaries or our reality and perception. As a character, they often take the position of the well-meaning scientist, or savant artist. The Creator carries an inexhaustible imagination, ...
This week’s podcast is about something really important. It’s about remembering to have fun. For a lot of us, life has a ton of stressors and responsibilities. We have to make enough money to survive. We have to take care of our family and ourselves. We have to deal with a world and not succumb to constant catastrophic thinking about the state of the world. It’s easy to forget to have fun. Or to feel guilty about having fun. Or to feel guilty about having hobbies. And here’s the thing. It’s great to be a professional writer and make money at something you love to do, but you don’t have to make money at it. A lack of financial rewards for your efforts doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means you aren’t getting money. And money, my friends, is not everything. What is everything? Having fun. Growing. Enjoying your damn self in this short amount of time you have on this world, making yourself wiser and stronger and embracing your moments of joy. Everyone who sings in the shower isn’t expected to make money at singing in the shower. That should go for those of us who write too. Here’s the truth: You can write solely for the joy of writing. Don’t let other people’s opinions or standards give you or your writing validation. Don’t let the pressure for external measures of success (publication, an agent, an award, 100,000 social media followers) ruin your joy in creating stories. ...