1. CMastah
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    Asking rhetorical questions in the book

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by CMastah, Mar 16, 2016.

    Is putting questions down in my story fine or should I avoid it?

    I tried to find ways to avoid asking questions as I don't see it done often (if at all) in novels, but sometimes I can't think of anything that still sounds good.

    I had a sentence for example that went:

    "Raddeus had always been kind to them, had they done something to anger him?"

    Rephrasing to avoid the question never came off as good. The problem is I also find my character asking himself (this is in third person personal) many questions, is this something to be avoided/minimized or is there no harm in it?
     
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    You mention 3rd person personal, so there is no reason there could not be a question, assuming the question is attributable to someone "on set" as either dialogue or internal thought.

    That aside, you have a comma splice. That comma should be either a full stop (period) or in this case a semicolon is perfectly valid given the close tie of ideation between the two sentences.
     
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    I think it's fine if the character is pondering something for himself, asking questions that way. Like wreybies said it's internal dialogue.
     
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    Just don't do it too often, it gets wearing when done every other sentence ;)
     
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    It's fine. Don't overdo it too much, and, yes, comma splice.
     
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    I think I was in a coma space during English classes. :)
     
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    Heheh, thanks, I had a feeling that sentence sounded off.

    Thanks guys, I'll try and reduce the instances of questions in my novel without giving them up entirely. I do see authors use them from time to time but wasn't sure how they'd appear to any readers.
     

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