Sunday, February 23, 2014

He said, said he

Said he: I'm reading an old book that bothers me. In every bit of dialogue, the writer uses said Tom or said Helen or said Mom.

"We're doing OK," said Tom. "I knew we would," said Helen. "But I worry enough for all of us," said Mom.

It's a small distinction, but I like Tom said or Helen said or Mom said. It's tough to read a book with something small like that irritating you.

Oh, one other thing: The writer keeps writing postoffice. I prefer post office.

More editing from the same book:

"Of course you did," said Mrs. Blair. "It was dangerous but I'm proud of you Helen."

Here's an edit:

"Of course you did," Mrs. Blair said. "It was dangerous, but I'm proud of you, Helen."

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Editorial group: If you're a freelance writer or editor, you might check out my Freelance Writers and Editors group on Yahoo! We're really active, and I think we've become useful to each other.

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Check it out: You might look at Funds for Writers, which specializes in grants for writers.

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