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QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:26 pm
by LilliesCarol
Do you put quotation marks around something a person in thinking? I suddenly got writer's block or is it just old age creeping up on me? :roll:

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:32 pm
by TerryRodgers

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:32 pm
by L
Thanks you Terry, you're a dream come true with such a fast answer. :)

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:30 pm
by robjvargas

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:49 pm
by DrG2
you certainly can use quotation marks around thoughts, such as: I thought, "Did he think I was that big of an idiot?"

or you can use italics: Did he think I was that big of an idiot?

Or it can be clear from context, and you might not need either:

The salesman said, "You can purchase the extended warranty for only $638.75."

Did he think I was that big of an idiot? I snorted and shook my head.

IMO, the first choice is worst and last choice is best.

But please do not combine both of the first two:
I thought, "Did he think I was that big of an idiot?"

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:51 am
by LilliesCarol
Here are two examples of what I am trying to figure out. They are from my novel based on the true story of my grandmother and due to the circumstances of my grandfather's apparent mental problem causing the heavy drinking, there is much contemplation on both sides. The novel is completely written and I am now attempting for the third time to edit it ready for publication. I appreciate all the help I can get.



She let the tears flow silently as she went down the stairs.

Why should this horrible ‘hex’ be upon him, he is so good when he doesn't drink. Is it the hex or is it the drinking, that can make him so mean and say such terrible awful things, like wanting to kill himself? That is not God’s way, that is the way of the devil, maybe that’s why he says it’s a devil hex. Oh dear God in heaven, help my William.

Anna laid down on the kitchen cot her mind full of anguish. Would the bad drinking begin again? He promised his Pa that "If you give us this farm, I will try not to let the 'hex mood' get me drunk. I know I can't hold my liquor like you, Pa, it's the bad things in my head that make me drink to get rid of them."


In another section:

She knew William was watching her, even though he pretended not to pay attention.

Look how my Anna’s breasts are beginning to swell. I love her so deeply, and with a new baby, how will I control this damn demon inside of me. “IT” plays such tricks on my thinking. Always, I should kill myself. Then other days, like today, I am so glad to be with my little Anna. Sometime though, I know “IT” will kill me. But when. I wonder when?

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:17 am
by TerryRodgers
I don't think you need any quotes in what I read. As an option, you could throw in some italics for emphasis. Just don't over do them.

As a side note, check out Purdue Owl on punctuation with help on commas. I see areas that could use them.

I like what I read so far. Keep up the great work. :D

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:18 am
by pls
I would change nothing in the two examples. They are correct as-is, and there's no problem in distinguishing thoughts from other parts of the narrative.

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:03 am
by mammamaia

Re: QUOTATION MARKS

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:58 am
by pls
And it's "lay down", not "laid down", while we're at it.