Hi All, I'm looking for some insight. I'm finding it difficult deciding on how to incorporate dialogue within the retelling of events within a letter in a way that is natural feeling and non obstructive. For some background, I'm currently working on a piece of fan fiction. I find I do better and enjoy more when I write in the first person. So the fic I'm working on would be comprised of a series of letters. Here's a brief explanation in case it helps. The series is BBC's Merlin. The story would be comprised of letters written by Merlin's mentor Gaius, to Merlin's mother, who lives far away. The idea is that while Merlin is studying under Gaius in Camelot he is experiencing great things and developing into a great man and his mother is unable to share in his life. So Gaius keeps a journal/series of letters written to her as time goes by, so that she will have a way to know the son she did not get to see growing into the young man he becomes. But the odd thing here is most of the contents of the letters will be about merlin, who is third person, instead of the content mainly being about the person who is writing the letters, or about the person to whom the writer is speaking, which I think is more normally the case. Naturally there are events and things that happen that Gaius retells to her in these letters, and it would eventually have dialogue involved, what Merlin said or did, or things that were said between Merlin and Gauis, etc. But when I get into the dialogue I begin to feel that I'm slurring into third person territory in a way that feels inconsistent. It doesn't feel natural as far as a personal one-on-one retelling would go. I've tried imagining how I would write such a letter to another person. How would I explain things that were said? But so far I haven't come up with a way that feels organic. I always end up feeling like I'm just slipping back into writing a third person story and it feels off kilter, like it's a story that can't decide what narrative it's supposed to be in. When I try to have Gaius just "explain" what people said instead of using "quoted" dialogue, I start to get a run-on feel that I don't really like. What is some advice for handling dialogue in a scenario like this? Are quotation marks necessary? If so, how do I incorporate them while keeping the essence of this being a personal letter? How can I go about this while retaining a fluid, organic feel? Does anyone have any recommendations for similarly styled novels that I could read as good reference? I've researched some but most I've found have the narrator talking about themselves, or about the person they are writing to, or to no one in specific, and don't include too much dialogue, just mainly internal thoughts and perspective. Any insight would be great. Thanks!