Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
They're both correct. They're clumsy, but correct.
Yup. The following are all grammatically correct:

"Get out of the way!" he said.

"Get out of the way," he yelled.

"Get out of the way!"

(I wanted to reiterate this, as I don't want incorrect info out there for new members.)

As for rule-breaking... well, many "rules" of writing are suggestions. Pros bend the rules in ways that seem natural. We speak in fragments. We think in them. Oral storytelling uses them. Poetry. Music. Why not prose, within limits?