How Do You Style a Character's Thoughts in Writing?

Q: Writing from the third person, what are the acceptable ways to indicate a character’s thoughts? I’m not excited about italics. Can thoughts be enclosed in quotes or can parentheses work? —Frank A.

A: While you’re not excited about italics (and truth be told, I don’t exactly break out the sparklers, either), it is the most accepted way to deal with a character’s internal thoughts. There really isn’t another good way to handle it, Brian thought.

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