“It is a mistake that there is no bath that will cure people’s manners, but drowning would help.”
If your characters are anything like mine, they’re probably rude little suckers. I’m talking about interrupting or being interrupted. You know, that little thing where the dialogue ends like this:
“Did you just—”
If your characters are rude or rudely interrupted often, you may come across this little problem in MS Word:
“Did you just—“
Oh! Did you see it? The Reverse Flip! That’s right! The quotation marks that are flipped the wrong way! Want to know a quick fix? Instead of going back every time to add in the proper around of hyphens, try this instead:
In Microsoft Word (2003) open up one of your documents that has the correct quotation marks with hyphens (or copy this —”) and copy just the hyphens and the correct ending quotation marks. Then go to TOOLS and then AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS. You’ll see a little box that says “Replace text as you type.” Make sure that lil’ sucker is checked. Beneath it are some empty boxes that say REPLACE: and WITH:
For my own ease, I put three hyphens in the REPLACE: box. You can choose whatever keys you’d like to use but I find that since I’m already typing hyphens, I might as well just use three of them. In the WITH: box, just hit ctrl V (which is the quick key for “paste”) and your correct hyphens and quotation marks should be inside. Hit the OKAY button and VOILA! You’re done!
From that point onward, you should be able to just use your three little hyphens to produce the perfect interruption! No more wasting time and energy just to cut people off. Do it in style! Join me and talk over those you love!
“Any questions? Feel free to email me. It’s on the sidebar. In the mean time, please feel free to interrupt whenever you—”