One of the funky things regarding this whole topic is that the English language, written, (and spoken) is changing in real-time. By which I mean to say, the style in which people write has changed over the course of my lifetime. Look at the difference between a sci-fi or fantasy novel and a contemporary teen drama. Or the letter writing process within the last century- simply in the manner of forming a title line. Nowadays, e-mails may not even have a title line at all (eg Dear so-and-so, ), simply launching directly into the bulk of text. Likewise, style for writing conversation is not as stringent as it once was. And the manner of doing so has certainly changed. Words once commonly used have dropped from regular use, new words have arisen, the language marches forth with the roll of time. Some people will probably align to ‘this is the way English SHOULD be’ - I’m guilty of that myself in some ways. Well, sometimes more than just some. : S But my own way of writing could be considered reasonably peculiar according to most norms I know. Even eccentric, in some ways- as the way I write is more an instinctive expression of the language I grew up to. I do use a lot of ‘“I like to write this way.” he said in writing.’ Even though I know it’s not strictly ‘correct’… to me ‘“I like to write this way,” he said in writing.’ feels wrong. Because the sentence makes more logical sense with a clear closing punctuation, unless it is meant to continue. Such as: ‘“I like to write this way,” he said in writing, “but I suppose I don’t all the time.”’
Sometimes I look at how a non-native English (writer) has written something, and I think ‘that’s a charming way of putting it’, because it’s a little quirky but in more of an unusual than wrong seeming way. Other times I’m like ‘Nuuuu! Something about this sounds all wrong!’ - But I can’t really explain how I know what I know about the language. I think… my use of the language might be irritating for some other people, perhaps. Irritating, however, is not necessarily ‘wrong’.
I’m rambling… but I mean to say, you’re not getting graded on your writing. Not on all the technical little details. Sure, you’ll want proper spelling and good grammar, but some things are finnicky to a point where most people don’t really care all that much one way or the other. Albeit, some may. I’m just trying to say don’t stress yourself out trying to use perfectly proper traditional English.