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    When a Character is Reading a Story.

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Spyke, Jul 19, 2013.

    Hi, guys.

    This has probably been asked before but I'm having trouble figuring out how to write a section of my writing where one character is reading a story out loud. I've looked online but I thought if I wanted the best answer then the best answer would come from my fellow writers.

    I've written it so far as dialogue but I'm not 100% sure if I've done it correctly.
     
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    Can't you just sum up the important bits of what the character read? Especially if it's long paragraph.
    ect. "I scanned the letter and it was about..."

    Just my suggestion.
     
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    If he's reading it aloud then putting it in dialogue the way you did it is fine. Just remember to leave a paragraph of dialogue unclosed when moving to a new paragraph.. What I mean is:

    "The boy went to New York...[blah blah blah]. [No closing quote]

    [New paragraph] "Then he met a talking cat..."

    An exception would be if he's narrating a book which is actually the story you're writing. You wouldn't have to add quotes because he just becomes the extradiegetic narrator. I suppose you could also do this if the story is very long (like a whole chapter), but I'm not sure about that one.
     
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    if he's reading from something and not just 'telling' a story, the best way is to insert the quoted material as block indent... no " " are needed and it separates it from the scene's action/narrative in a way that won't confuse the reader...
     

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