Punctuation can seem pretty straight forward. Use a question mark for a question. Use an exclamation point for excitement. Periods for the end of sentences. Quote marks for quotes and dialog. Yet there’s so much more.

Character voice, narration style, tone, writing style, and a variety of other writing nuances can affect punctuation in fiction. These guides go over the different standard rules and style exceptions of different punctuation marks.

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Individual Punctuation Guides

Quotation Marks

Exclamation Points

Question Marks

Apostrophe in Contractions

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