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Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Do not use quotation marks for thoughts. Quotation marks have a couple of uses, but this is not one of them. They're not only unnecessary, they're confusing to any reader who knows the rules of usage. There simply is no case where using quotation marks for thoughts is a good idea, or proper usage, no matter who does it.

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Postby James A. Ritchie » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:28 pm

You would place "Hex" in quotation marks if it isn't a real hex, but just ordinary events that you're comparing to a hex. If it's a real hex, real magic, real supernatural, if you mean a real hex, you would not use the quotation marks.

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Postby LilliesCarol » Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:42 pm

Oh my, thank you so very much for all your help. My grandmother was a very strong woman for all she had to go through. Since the story is so strong and their thoughts so revealing, I want to make sure I use the right punctuation. So again, thanks for all the help it is much appreciated. :) Oh and I'll be sure to look up Purdue Owl and take care of the comma deletion Paul mentioned. You are wonderful helpers.
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Postby mammamaia » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:51 am

ditto putting a hex on italics for thoughts! :twisted:
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Postby James A. Ritchie » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:51 pm

Very few thoughts should be direct thoughts at all, but simply part of the narrative. Such things as: He thought he'd stop by and see Kelly before her shift was over, if he had time. While driving, he couldn't help thinking about how her husband was kill, and it still puzzled him. How could a man with that much experience in using explosives make such a stupid and amateur mistake? He found it hard to believe, and a part of his mind was always thinking about it....

Such as this should never be italicized, but with a direct thought there should be importance, and italics have always been the standard way of using such thoughts. If a character thinks something dramatic enough to be written as a direct thought, italicize it. If you don't, the editor almost certainly will, unless he misses it, in which case a lot of readers will be miffed.

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Postby updog » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:59 pm

I agree with James.
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