[LMB] late-series copy-editing/copyediting/copy editing,

Walter S Bushell proto at panix.com
Thu Sep 17 02:22:40 BST 2015


> On Sep 16, 2015, at 15:55, Lois McMaster Bujold <lbujold at myinfmail.com> wrote:
> 
> LMB:  The first is a problem when the erroneous version is what the character would say in casual or rapid speech.  The second... in dialogue, a lot of punctuation is used not for grammar, but as stage directions for how the line is to be verbally delivered.  Which sometimes conflicts with the strict grammar.  Which should win?

In all but the formalist writing, I prefer the stage directions. Of course, I hear fiction in my 
mind’s ear, and even non-fiction I tend to hear in the voice of the author if I am familiar with
it.


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