Hi, I'm terrible at writing and grammer. I'm a potter trying to write a blog about things that happen in the studio. In the following excerpt I try and write my thoughts during the situation. Should I be using quotation marks like this or italics. I'm also not sure on the use of semi colons. I've used a hyphen which I know is probably wrong. It seems hypens should just be used for connecting words from what I've just read. Could anyone re-write this passage to be grammatically correct please? It was only when I smelt the faint plastic burning smell that I understood the bang must have been something electrical. I was sat in front of my beloved pottery wheel, "please" I thought - "not the wheel!" I hesitantly moved my foot to the pedal and slowly pushed it forward. Nothing happened. It must just need a new fuse; "please let it be the fuse." After changing the fuse I lost all hope.