Do I put quotations around the words that I am speaking in a story?

Answer

If you are speaking out loud to someone and using something like, "I said," you will use quotes. However, you can convey conversation without quotation marks. Here is an example of a dialogue which uses some different ways to convey the information:

Jennifer told me she was tired of seeing my bright blue shoes every day.

I said, "I don't make enough money to buy a new pair!"

Laughing, she said, "Well, why did you choose that color in the first place?"

Looking at the grey and black shoes she always wore, I thought that I could have asked her that same question, but I decided it wasn't worth stirring up trouble. "I guess I just don't have your good taste," I smirked.

Updated on April 9, 2018

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Punctuation Rules for Conversation Quotation With Examples
By Virginia Kearney
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