I forgot where I saw this reading poem to the left of this page, but it seemed appropriate here.
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The best thing it pointed out to me is the word 'so.'
I realized that I use it a lot. It is an intensifier, which is OK when something has to be intense or part of dialog, but not all the time.
Another punctuation that I have come across when to use ," or ." in conversation. Correct me if I am wrong but when:
"I will get it for you," he said. - then you don't capitalize the 'he'
because the 'he said' relates to the sentence spoken. If it is:
"I'll just saddle up the horse." He said smiling at her. - Then you Capitalize the 'He' because two complete sentences are created with a different thought in mind. If anyone understands this better than I, please send me a note.