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The punctuation collection The Editing Podcast - Louise Harnby (fiction editor) and Denise Cowle (non-fiction editor) EPISODE 10, 28th August 2019
How to use quotation marks (speech marks) in writing
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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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