When Copy Editors Go Bad

Verbatim, from the person performing a stage-two copy edit on the MS of my first published novel, with my comments at "TK: " [1] “There should never, ever be semi colon’s in dialog, please take them all out, use regular commas or make separate sentences. Thank you.” TK: The errors here are minor, but when they’re being made by a copy editor, you begin to wonder.  First, putting a blank space between “semi” and “colon” should never, ever be done. Normally, “semicolon” is one word. At most, … [Read more...]

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction

How to Punctuate Dialog in Fiction by Terence Kuch See terencekuch@ymail.com, "Memorable Fancies," a daily microfiction. Take a look if you're curious (in either sense). Or see www.terencekuch.net, my writer's profile, or go to www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch ===============================  [“…punctuation (a subtle resource).” -- George Steiner, The Poetry of Thought, p. 10] =============================== [“The [Russian] revolution of 1905 began with the strike of a … [Read more...]

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