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Dear Dorothy,
I am writing a book and I have a question-- or maybe a few questions. I don't understand how to go into a quote for a character for an adult fictional story. Is there a proffesional way of putting in a quote or is it "anyway goes"? For example: "Hello, "Fox said to the bird, "how are you today?" or the fox said, "Hello, how are you today?" or is it any way I prefer or is there a standard?

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Hello Aaron,

There is no professional way...just a choice of more than one correct way. Either way you demonstrated would be correct. It would be your choice how to say it, but it is not anyway goes.  Just make sure your quotation marks are in the right place.  You can check out your grammar rules in any English Grammar text.

Best wishes,
Dorothy

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Dorothy K Morris

Expertise

I can answer questions about writing fiction, creating characters and re-writing. I cannot answer homework questions.

Experience

I am a published author of nine novels in The Mockingbird Hill Series.

Organizations
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, NSDAR

Publications
NOVELS in the MOCKINGBIRD HILL SERIES: SECRET SINS OF THE MOTHERS, COYOTES OF CREEK CROSSING, THE EIGHTH EVIL, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, DIRTY RICE, TALLY'S NOOK, FROM THE FAR PLACES, NATURE OF THE BEAST, (THE RANKS OF THE INSANE (to come out summer 2016))

Education/Credentials
Studied writing at at American University in DC

Awards and Honors
Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in The World, Who's Who in America.

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