I am new to this forum and writing and I am trying to decide on my preferred writing style. I am currently working on dialogue and looking for ideas and suggestions for grammatically correct and 'good looking' dialogue.
I have read many books, and like many authors, I think I will tend to adopt a combination of UK and American style for dialogue grammar. Namely:
Dialogue will be enclosed with single quotes and quotes within dialogue will be inside double quotes. Punctuation will be within the quote marks rather than after, for example :
‘That is the biggest horse I have ever seen,’ said Craig.
‘He called me an “arrogant fool” when I said I’d seen bigger horses,’ said John.
Now I am struggling with the following where the quote appears at the end of the dialogue, my best attempt so far would be :
‘He told me that "there are 1,000 different reasons to write", ‘ said John.
How does the above line read, is it acceptable, could it be better?
My other attempts were :
He told me, "There are 1,000 different reasons to write." ‘ said John.
He told me "there are 1,000 different reasons to write.", ‘ said John.
I would appreciate any feedback or ideas, since whilst there are grammatical rules there is obviously some flexibility in the way they are implemented