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    Should I center align and italicize in story writing?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by FourCartridge, Feb 18, 2012.

    Should I center align and italicize in-story writing?

    In a chapter of the story I'm writing, a character delivers a letter to someone, and she reads it out loud so everyone in the room can know what the letter is about. Should I center align the message and use italics to seperate it from the normal text, or leave it as is?

    Also, would this apply to things like journals, newspapers, etc.?
     
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    Her reading aloud is in a new paragraph. If you are reproducing the whole letter exactly as she is reading it, you indent a bit more than your normal paragraphs, and have a corresponding wider margin on the right side. The letter appears as a block of text in this way. Don't centre align or use italics. This applies to quoting any text which is longer than a few sentences, so the same goes for newspapers etc. Google 'using block indents for quotations'.
     
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    neither one... if it's too long for indenting it as ordinary dialog, you can tyoe it as a block indent, per above advice... but if she's reading it, that makes it dialog, so it has to go in " " in either case...
     
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    Do NOT italicize it.
     
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    So don't italicize, but use block indents. Thanks for the help.
     

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