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Old 03-09-2006, 01:54 AM
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Hey all!

I was writing and then came upon a problem!

Guess what that problem is? I'm not sure what the "proper" way of writing out a thought is.

Is it the following?

I wish I could kick that midget in the crotch, but that'd be mean. Josh thought.

Or what else ?

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:36 AM
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Correct is such a subjective term. Now if you're looking to be pc you might try vertically challenged individual, but thats about as lame as it gets.

Don't sacrifice meaning for the sake of 'correctness'.
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Old 03-09-2006, 11:09 AM
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Most often in novels, I see thoughts printed in italics, but I've seen it done in regular typeface as well. I think it's personal preference, and it's up to the author as long as he can show that the line is a thought and not dialogue or a narrator's comment.
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And I think that should be a comma between mean and Josh . . .
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I usually use the 's
as in 'Did I just say that outload?'
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Originally Posted by entropy
Correct is such a subjective term. Now if you're looking to be pc you might try vertically challenged individual, but thats about as lame as it gets.

Don't sacrifice meaning for the sake of 'correctness'.
I actually liked "vertically challenged individual" - it reminded me that some time, I want to write a short-short story or something like that about political correctness having gone nuts.
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I usually just put it in quotation followed by he/she thought. because in a sense you are talking to yourself.
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If it's a character thinking to himself, it would be in ital, as if the character had actually spoken--only without quotes:
I wish I could kick that midget in the crotch, but that'd be mean, Josh thought.
Alternatively, you could do the following without ital, to avoid breaking the flow of your narrative:
Josh wished he could kick that midget in the crotch, but figured it would be mean.

...Now, let's discuss where you came up with that sentence! lol
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Originally Posted by Scriber Girl
...Now, let's discuss where you came up with that sentence! lol
Are you really sure you want to know???
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