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Whenever I'm writing, I use this style:

•"I don't see why I have to put up with this nonsense." I muttered.

However, I see this type of writing in books:

•"This room is full of idiots," he muttered.

Is the style I use okay, or do I have to change it to the one I see in books?

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Are you referring to the comma vs. period before the closing the quotation marks? –  jschabs Jun 10 '13 at 19:27

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If you end the quote with a period, that makes it a complete sentence. And that turns:

I muttered.

into a second sentence.

If you want to indicate that he (or I) muttered the words between the quotation marks, then yes, you must end the quoted words with a comma.

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Dialogue has a bit of a different style. Here's some examples of correct dialogue grammar (with respect to punctuation at the end):

"You're looking well this morning," said Tommy.

"I'm doing well," said Theresa, "thank you kindly."

Katherine said, "Let's have pasta for dinner."

"That sounds good," said Austin. "Do you want to go to the place on Broad Street?"

So yes, the way you see dialogue written in books is correct and you should change the grammar of your dialogue to match.

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Thanks. Well then, I'll have quite a bit to change! (139 page story). –  K124ST Jun 10 '13 at 22:31

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