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Al Stevens
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PostSubject: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 11:38 am

How do you handle the thoughts of the POV character? I've seen it done several ways.

Some authors use italics.

Robert stood at the end of the driveway looking back at the door to the mansion. I'm not going back in that nuthouse. He got in his car and drove off.

Others use narrative.

Robert stood at the end of the driveway looking back at the door to the mansion. He would not consider going back into that nuthouse. He got in his car and drove off.

Others use normal text as if it was monologue but without the quote marks.

Robert stood at the end of the driveway looking back at the door to the mansion. I'm not going back in that nuthouse, he thought. He got in his car and drove off.

What do you do?
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PostSubject: Re: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 11:53 am

I've used all three, but prefer italics.
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PostSubject: Re: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 12:01 pm

Same. I prefer to use and to read italics.
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PostSubject: Re: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 12:14 pm

Italics.

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PostSubject: Re: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 12:34 pm

When you use italics, do you add the "s/he thought" part? If so, in italics or not?
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... he covered her with a sheet, ashamed of his thoughts.
My God! I am old enough to be her father, and I wanted her
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PostSubject: Re: He thought, she thought   He thought, she thought EmptySun Aug 15, 2010 2:00 pm

Al Stevens wrote:
When you use italics, do you add the "s/he thought" part? If so, in italics or not?

No, the use of italics makes it unnecessary.

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