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Can some please tell me if you use quotation marks " " around internal thoughts when your writing ? I know if you put something like. "Come over here," Lucy said. The dialogue gets covered by the … Read More
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Can some please tell me if you use quotation marks " " around internal thoughts when your writing ?

I know if you put something like. "Come over here," Lucy said. The dialogue gets covered by the quotation marks.

But if you put. I wish he would come over here, Lucy thought.

Do you enclose the thought with " " ?

I've googled for a while and can find examples of both with and without ?

Anyone know if there's a definitive usage ?
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
"when your writing" ;-)

Not 100% sure, but for thought I would say NO quotation marks.
#2
Quotation marks are alo called speech marks by some - so I think that's your answer.
#3
Not an expert and by no means definitive, but I would always put...

"I wish he would come over here," Lucy thought.

It works in the same way as speach I believe.
#5
stufai
Not an expert and by no means definitive, but I would always put...

"I wish he would come over here," Lucy thought.

It works in the same way as speach I believe.



speach, DOH!
#6
http://www.punctuationmadesimple.com/PMSCharacterThoughts.html

Just a thought, but I think that you would have difficulty quoting it. So I would suggest no quotation marks:roll:
#7
Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?
#8
myaser88
speach, DOH!


:oops:

It's been a long day already...
#9
Trickyjabs
"when your writing" ;-)



Great, good start ! I'll give up now :oops:
#10
steve1221;4786948
Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?

Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:
#11
When writing thought I only use 'these' rather than "these"
#12
How not to do it
Setting off a character’s thoughts in quotation marks is a definite no-no. Such a technique is confusing to the reader. When we see quotation marks, we have the expectation that a character is speaking the words aloud.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/dealing-with-a-characters-internal-thoughts/
#13
melipona
Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:


I'd have to agree. (link below, about a third of the way down the page). It is a US site and we all know how much they love to mangle the language...

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/quotation.htm
#14
You should always use quotation marks even if the character is thinking. The way around this is to imply that the character is thinking the words ..... Lucy thought about asking Jimmy to come around for dinner.

Predikuesi wondered if this made sense to steve1221
"I wonder if this makes sense to steve1221?" thought Predikuesi.
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melipona
Now that's an oxymoron if ever I heard one:thumbsup:


How about BSL?
#16
steve1221
Internal thoughts can be referred to as 'silent speech' by some sources so speech marks would seem to be appropriate ?


lol! Walking can be described as slow running, an armchair can be described as a small sofa, etc.
#17
Predikuesi
You should always use quotation marks even if the character is thinking. The way around this is to imply that the character is thinking the words ..... Lucy thought about asking Jimmy to come around for dinner.

Predikuesi wondered if this made sense to steve1221
"I wonder if this makes sense to steve1221?" thought Predikuesi.


+1 -- but it gets complicated when we think about the different categories of internal thought. For the bored or just curious:

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/1584/indirectspeech.jpg
#18
starsparkle2311
lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be described as absurd.


whatever can you mean? have you been smoking dried parrot juice through a fork again?
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starsparkle2311
lol, asking questions on HUKD and expecting a sensible reply could be described as absurd.


Hmmm. I see what you mean!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^















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#20
It depends on how you write the thoughts.

Lucy thought the red car was following her... doesnt need quotes...

"Is that car following me?" wondered Lucy... does.

HTH!

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