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So, the literary glossary continues despite the fact that hardly anyone commented on it yesterday, which probably means that no one likes it anymore and it is now backlisted on blogs or the equivalent.

To those of you who continue to read: Thank you. It is really kind of you.


Quotation Marks

Some writers ignore these helpful little fellows, which are basically teams of commas expected to float above dialogue for the rest of their eternal lives, or at least until someone burns the book.

Can you imagine how hard it is to float above dialogue forever with absolutely no support from the rest of the punctuation family?

Poor quotation marks, sacrificing themselves so that we can understand that people are having conversations.

I think we should have a moment of silence in appreciation.

There. Good. Whatever. Just make sure you use them. It makes things so much easier to understand:

Grover said I love you.

Grover said, “I love you.” 


Thank you for the sacrifice, little quotation marks. The entire country appreciates your sacrifice, or at least, the entire literary world. Okay, the entire literary world that uses you (which excludes screenwriters, hip poets, and those kind of cool writers who ignore capital letters, too and just show dialogue by italicizing it. Rebels.).



Most writers announce this every month or so.

But we can't, can we? We can't let go.






This is what many authors do when they don’t get a review of their work or if the review of their work contains spoilers, or blatant errors.



 This is when someone else decides that your work:

  1. Is good
  2. Is bad
  3. Is huggable
  4. Should be burned
  5. Calls it an abomination against God. Really. It happened to one of my writer friends. Yes, I have friends.





This is where your story/poem/memoir/film takes place. Writers are supposed to give details about the physical environment or background where the characters do things.

I say, forget-about-it.

Floating characters are fun. Why pin them down to a state or a room or even a time period? It’s so restricting. Plus, all a reader cares about is action anyway. Action and dialog. Action and dialog. At least that’s what my agent says.


Semicolons (as provided by the lovely edgyauthor



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Aug. 7th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
These posts are simply awesome and to think otherwise is nonsense. Everyone was probably just too busy fighting zombies or something yesterday. :D

I've actually read books where quotation marks weren't used at all; the dialogue wasn't even emphasized with italics! Poor quotation marks; they need love just as much as...oh, semicolons.

Ooh, you forgot to mention semicolons. Naughty! My take: semicolons are used by writers too indecisive to pick either commas or periods, so they take the easy way out by combining the two. ;)
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
I have used your definition! It is perfect.

I am sorry I was so naughty.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
You did? Hee! I feel all special-like now.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
You are all special.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Your definitions are made of awesome, Carrie! If you put this glossary together as a book, I would SO buy it for all my writer friends.
Aug. 7th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
You are too nice... Thanks, Ms. Messner.
Aug. 7th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
"Your definitions are an abomination against God; they are also ultimateness," said Jackie, while sitting at her cluttered desk, worshipping the Great Gatsby and possibly being unreliable.

*quits writing*

The theme is: OMG, I am so a writer now.
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Too funny. You are such a writer, Jackie.
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Am I the only person (outside of the UK) who thinks the British convention of using single quotes make more sense than double quotes?
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
No. I agree with you. Double quotes seem so showy.
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Those similes!!!
FWIW, I don't think maybe I saw your yesterday post. We were at the zoo, admiring baby tigers, elephants and beavers, in that order. AWWWWWW.
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Awww is right. That sounds so fun.
Aug. 7th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't read yesterdays until I saw that we were on Q already and I was confused. But I have a really good excuse. I swear!!!

I got an email yesterday morning from the library that informed me my request for "Tips on having a gay (ex)boyfriend" was filled and I should go pick it up. So I did. And I read it all yesterday in two sittings.

I do believe that my favorite character is Gabriel - with Emily in a close second. :)

So now I'm going to go forth proclaiming the greatness of Carrie Jones. Buy her book!

Hey you. I'm talking to you. Go do it.

Yes, right now.

Don't make me come over there.
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
You are too great. I am sooooo glad you liked it.

And because you commented you are entered to win a GIRL, HERO.

Good luck!
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