What's the best way to write dollar amounts in a narrative (such as a novel), particularly if the amounts are large and/or fractional?
I would use this:
"The national debt just hit 14.6 trillion dollars," said Jack, "yet you complain about my $2 million fee and $5,000 airline tickets?"
Are there better ways to write this? Specifically:
- What is a rule of thumb for spelling out amounts vs. keeping is as a number?
- If I spell out dollars once, do I need to keep spelling it out within the same context?