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  1. NinetyEight

    NinetyEight New Member

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    How to write tannoy/PA announcements in narration

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by NinetyEight, Apr 5, 2014.

    Hi, first post here so be gentle. :)

    I have a piece of third-person narrative I am trying to write down in my book that contains a tannoy announcement at a railway station. How would you write it? - In quotes or italics?
    I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this one.

    Thanks for any help.

    Kevin
     
  2. stevesh

    stevesh Banned Contributor

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    If it isn't too long, I might be tempted to write it in all caps. Otherwise, italics. (Learned a new word today - 'tannoy'.)
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i don't see how or why you would be including an announcement in 'narrative' since it's dialog...

    in narrative, you would only be able to paraphrase the annoucement, such as:
    otherwise, you'd be doing it as dialog, such as:
    all-caps would never make it past a half-decent editor... neither would italics...

    hope this helps... love and hugs, maia
     

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