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Know the rule to break it

David Gane
David Gane

A while back had this line of dialogue come my way:

“We can do this the easy way or the hard way, up to you.”

The line bothered me because changing this comma to a period is techincally correct, but there is an argument to leave it as a comma splice. But It also could be an em-dash, semicolon or period, depending on emphasis.

As my editor said, "It’s one’a them know-the-rule-to-break-it deals."


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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