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Unspoken Discourse

Posted by Larry Hires on May 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

This is a follow-up to my comment last night (5/22/2013) on the critique of Kim’s submission. It is also documentation for what I said.

In the Chicago Manual Of Style edition 16 on page 634 section 13.41, there is the current rule on punctuation for unspoken discourse. Rule 13.41 clearly states that:

Thought, imagined dialogue, and other interior discourse may be enclosed in quotation marks or not, according to the context or the writer's preference. 

The use of italics to designate thoughts isn't mentioned as it has been dropped from acceptable practices. The italics rule was not in effect for very long.

I haven't been able to find the source or reason for this change, but if I find it, I will post it.


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Reply Shaun
10:58 AM on June 11, 2013 
Larry, there are several different manuals of style, so it doesn't help to quote a specific one for authority. The 'current rule' is whatever the editor reviewing your work for publication decides it is.

I think a good rule for the critique group is: Whatever works and makes the story flow. Individual submissions editors can decide how they want internal thoughts handled. Style should not get n the way of the story...
Reply Larry Hires
9:47 PM on June 11, 2013 
If a publisher has a requirement that a particular style be used, an editor, whether on the payroll or free lance who inserts his or her preference over the publisher's requirement is doing the writer a disservice.