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I'm writing my first draft

"Show Don't Tell" as a rule of writing originated in stage plays. The idea was, instead of a narrator or character "telling" us that Roger is a chain smoker, the playwright should ...
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I'm writing my first draft

"Unsentimental" and "arrogant" are labels that we give to certain behavior. What is unsentimental and arrogant behavior. Describe in which way your character acts that way. Don't ...
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When dialog is italicized, should the quotation marks be italicized as well?

My editor told me never to italicize the quotations. But it's your choice, all that matters is that you're consistent. No one way looks better, in my opinion, as long as it's consistent. Italic in ...
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How would you format dialogue that is in the middle of a sentence?

The rules are: "When it is simply a matter of iden­tifying a speaker, a comma is used after said, replied, asked, and similar verbs to introduce a quotation." (Chicago Manual of Style, 3.14)...
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