How to Write Characters’ Thoughts in First-Person Narratives

How Do I Write My Character's Thoughts in a First-Person Narrative?   When writing your characters' thoughts , it is important to somehow set off direct thoughts from the rest of the text. Here is what it looks like when a writer does nothing to separate thoughts from regular text: I stood by as my… Continue reading How to Write Characters’ Thoughts in First-Person Narratives

Proper Punctuation: Quotation Marks

Using Quotation Marks Properly   Quotation marks can sometimes be confusing for writers. On some occasions, writers may ask themselves whether they should even use quotation marks at all. Even when it is clear that quotation marks should be used, it is not always clear where they should be placed in relation to other punctuation… Continue reading Proper Punctuation: Quotation Marks

Proper Punctuation: Commas and Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements

Using Commas with Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements This third and final article on the topic of commas in the Proper Punctuation series will teach you when you should use commas to separate additional information from the rest of the sentence and when you should not. Do not use a comma to separate a restrictive element… Continue reading Proper Punctuation: Commas and Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements