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    Character written dialogue.

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by mollymorrson, Nov 25, 2012.

    I understand that when using spoken dialogue you would write it as "Hello Mary, how are you?" However, how would you define character written conversation or letters?

    For example, would I write it out using italics to define a non-verbal medium of communication?

    David picked up his phone and began typing a message.

    Hello Mary, how are you?

    Or would I alter the font style or size to differentiate written communication?

    David picked up his phone and began typing a message.

    Hello Mary, how are you?

    I have seen it in various styles, although I personally read italics as an internal character thought rather than an external expression.

    What are your thoughts?
     
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    You could just write it as

    David picked up his phone and began typing a message: hello Mary, how are you?

    It depends what you are planning on doing with your story/book. I have heard that publishers and agents don't like people using different fonts (italics are ok) so if you are looking to publish your work the traditional route don't use a different font. But, on the other hand, if you are self-publishing or publishing it on a blog, or whatever, the second option could work nicely.
     
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    You quote it like any other form of dialogue. It is still a communication. For letters, a block quote is often the best choice. A block quote is an indented block of text without quotation marks.

    Italics are NOT correct.

    See He said, she said - Mechanics of Dialogue
     
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    ditto that...

    to repeat, it's still 'dialog' and a 'quote' and must therefore be in " " if not inserted as a block indent.. and not italics or any different font...

    what you have seen are the printed books, not a submitted ms... and what you must submit is a properly formatted ms, not what you wish to see in the printed book, if you want it to be read and taken seriously by agents and publshers...
     
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    Quote it as any other dialogue.
     
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    Thank you all, thats cleared that one up. I have revised where i have character written dialogue now, pending an answer on this thread. Luckily i am not too far through yet.
     

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