Dialogue Writing Note.
"This is your daily, friendly reminder to use commas instead if periods during the dialogue of your story," she said with a smile.
"Unless you are following the dialogue with an action and not a dialogue tag." He took a deep breath and sat back down after making a clarifying statement.
"However," she added, shifting in her seat, "it's appropriate to use a comma if there's an action in the middle of a sentence."
"True." She glanced at the others. "You can also end with a period if you include an action between two separate statements."
I have such a problem with the third example in this note, I constantly feel like it's wrong to use a comma with an action in the middle of a sentence with dialogue! Might bookmark this!