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  1. WriterodLife1994

    WriterodLife1994 Member

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    Using quotes in stories

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by WriterodLife1994, Aug 16, 2015.

    Using quotes is a habit I picked up writing fanfiction for Criminal Minds, which is my favorite show, and starts and ends almost every episode with a quote.

    Usually the way I do it, is if I'm writing a short story, such as a fanfiction, then I start and end the entire story with a quote... if it's an original story that has multiple chapters, such as a novel or novella, I usually start each chapter with a quote, what do you guys think?

    Do you use quotes?
    Do you enjoy stories that use this kind of technique or would you rather the quotes were left out? (from a reader's perspective)
     
  2. OurJud

    OurJud Contributing Member Contributor

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    I've never read fanfiction, and I'm really struggling to understand what you're asking. Why would you enclose a whole story in quotes?
     
  3. Link the Writer

    Link the Writer Flipping Out For A Good Story. Contributor

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    I think the OP meant something like...

    Chapter #
    “Something moving and thought-provoking.” - Some Famous Person
    ~*~​

    [Story text]
     
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    Tad Williams' Otherland begins each chapter with either a famous quote, a fictional news story clip or something else of relevant interest to the story. I liked that very much while reading it. It has to be done well but it definitely can be.
     
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    Ah! This is something I'm unfamiliar with so I'll leave it to those better qualified.
     
  6. WriterodLife1994

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    OurJud for clearing that up, that's precisely what I meant.
     
  7. Jaro

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    I have read quite a few books that use quotes either at the beginning of the book, or the beginning of each chapter. I like it.
     

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