Another issue for many writers – and their editors – is where to place punctuation when writing direct speech. Should commas and full stops be placed inside or outside the quotation marks? What about question marks? Which is correct – “I am right,” he said or “I am right”, he said?
There is no simple answer, especially as UK and USA guidelines (inevitably!) differ, but the following guide is a useful reference. Above all, though, I think consistency and logic are most important.
I have decided that it’s time to start adding some points of reference for myself and my audience. This will consist of periodic posts, usually links to other articles, about writing styles. The first I have decided to cover is the ‘Oxford Comma’.
I’m not sure if I should be worried yet. No work is coming in at the moment and I don’t really know where to look to find it. In fairness, I had not really planned to be ‘working’ until January and was expecting to use this time to study/set up, so there is no real reason to worry yet. But…