Episode 10

Published on:

28th Aug 2019

S2E10: How to use quotation marks (speech marks) in writing

Denise and Louise discuss how to use quote marks (or speech marks) in writing ... and when not to use them. 

Summary of the Show

  • What are quote marks for?
  • Should I use straight or curly quote marks?
  • Should I use single or double quote marks?
  • Where does the closing quote mark go in relation to other punctuation?​
  • When not to use quote marks

Editing Bites

  • ‘How to punctuate dialogue in a novel’: (blog) http://bit.ly/2vYflIf
  • ‘How to punctuate dialogue in a novel’: (video playlist): http://bit.ly/2ZzUCXG
  • ‘Worry-free Writing: how to use quote marks’: http://bit.ly/2ZyTzag

Other Resources

  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Penguin Guide to Punctuation
  • New Hart’s Rules

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Denise and Louise

  • Denise Cowle Editorial Services: bit.ly/CowleEditing
  • Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor: bit.ly/HarnbyEditing

Music Credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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