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    When someone thinks.

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Daniel W, May 15, 2008.

    when someone is thinking, is this how it is meant to be? I'm pretty sure it is, but i can't exactly remember, so i want to know for sure before i start having people thinking things in my novel.

    "wooooooh!" he thought.
     
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    In most novels they use italics. For example:



    Boy, it's cold here, Damian thought, rubbing his arms.
     
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    Hmm, didn't think about that. So i put a comma after the italics writing.
     
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    Hulk's right. The usual practice is to use italics, or simply put it in normal text. Using quotes confuses it for the reader.
     
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    Ok, thank you. That's all i need to know.
     
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    Not really true. It's not an uncommon practice, but the preferred approach is to use ordinary text, not italicized.

    This is often referred to as internal dialogue.
     
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    I think i get what you mean. Luckily for me, no one has thought anything in my story yet.

    I think i am about half way through the first chapter, and i look forward to posting it and seeing what everyone thinks about it.
     
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    cog is right, as usual... while novels by most beginning and non-professional writers may use italics, most of the pros don't, as a rule... a good writer doesn't need to use tricks to let the readers know the character is thinking...

    in any case, only spoken aloud dialog can be put in " " though some who don't know better use them for thoughts, too...
     

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