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If you’re really doing it right then almost the entire narrative, that is not external dialogue is going to be internal monolog.
In this episode, we get caught up on Taylor’s summer, discuss The Dunning-Kruger Effect then discuss a blog post from Anne R. Allen’s blog titled, Stupid Writing Rules: 12 Bad Writing Tips New Writers Give Each Other.
It was fun discussing Ann’s 12 Bad stupid writing tips and hearing Taylor’s opinion on most of them.
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one glaring counterexample to not dating books with specific references: stephen king.
I wish to make a defense in the use of italics that were discouraged in this podcast. Below is an example of how I’ve used italics:
The shopping bag slipped from Alice’s fingers. Her brother, Joey, lay sprawled on the sofa, uttering pig-like snorts asleep on the couch. Popcorn littered the carpet, beer cans crushed and strewn over her new coffee table.
I’ll kill him. I’ll kill him.
The narrative is written in third person, past tense. The thought is written in first person, present tense. The convention is to italicize.
You could either go against convention and not italicize, or you could rephrase it in order to maintain the narrative format. Perhaps there is a third and better method that I’m not seeing.
So the question to Steve as a reader is what aspect of this is jarring? Is it just the italics or the narrative switch?
And for Taylor, what would you change to avoid italics in this instance.
From my perspective, direct thoughts such as this are more immediate and impactful and tend to bring forth a more immersive and intimate experience for the reader. I’ll keep an open for alternatives, though.
Thanks for the question, Robert – We’ll answer this in a future show.