Dialogue Punctuation Used in Fiction - Examples for Beginners

Latest update: June 3, 2020

It's all words.

I like writing flash fiction. As such, I use a lot of character dialogue. I’ve gotten tired of trying to remember all the different punctuation rules for all the different sentence syntax, structure, and formatting options. So I decided to compile a list of conversation punctuation examples. Hopefully, most sentence structure and syntax punctuation examples are covered. Now I can just keep this page open in a separate tab and refer to it as needed.

Dialogue Punctuation Examples Lists

  • “I think it’s time to leave,” thinks the wildebeest as he spots the approaching lions.
  • “Let’s get out of here!” shouts the second wildebeest.
  • “Do we really have to leave?” protested the baby wildebeest.
  • Dave said, “I think you’ve got a flat tire there, Bill.”
  • Bill was bemused. “It’s only flat on the bottom.”
  • “I say we hang him in effigy,” said Marvin. “It would be the right thing to do.”
  • “I don’t know where that is,” said Delbert. “Why not hang him right here and be done with it?”
  • “Why,” thought Marvin, “do I hang out with this crew?”
  • “If future visitors use this page as a reference,” thinks the author, “then I will have made my contribution to society for the day.” The search engines chuckle as the page gets indexed as result #746.

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