Monday, July 28, 2014

Dialog Tags: Capitalization

A dialog tag is the bit of prose that identifies who is speaking. If the tag follows the dialog, it should begin with a lower-case letter, unless it is a title or name which is always capitalized. The punctuation of the dialog (i.e. whether the dialog ended in a comma, a question mark, or anything else) has no effect on capitalization.


Incorrect:  “I’m doing fine,” She said.
Correct:    “I’m doing fine,” she said.
Incorrect:  “What do we do now?” The man said.
Correct:    “What do we do now?” the man said.
Incorrect:  “Hi there!” She said.
Correct:    “Hi there!” Sarah said.

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