One thing that really irks me (good word, ‘irk’. IRK.) in book or online story is when the rules of speech aren’t followed, or are done wrong. So, I thought I’d go through them now, because I can’t STAND it when they’re wrong. Sorry, this may be more of a rant. I apologise in advance, as I have already done so, apparently.
If someone is talking, and it finishes on a full stop with a ‘he/she’ after, then it is a comma, and the ‘he/she’ is lower case. For example:
“Wow, really interesting,” she said, sarcastically.
If someone is talking, it finishes on a full stop, and has a name or ‘I’ after it, it is still a comma. Example:
“Wow, really interesting,” Laura said sarcastically.
If this is the other way around (you’ll see what I mean in a minute) then it is still a comma, although the first word in the speech is a capital letter. Example:
Sarcastically, Laura said, “Wow, really interesting.”
Oh, and even if the punctuation is not a comma, it’s still lower case after it if it’s not a name! Eg:
“That’s awesome!” she declared.
Finally, if someone new is speaking, start a new line! Seriously, this is really annoying and hard to follow the story when someone doesn’t do this! So, even if it is only one or two new words in each line: DO IT!
Hope that helped, sorry it was so short!