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Re: What's your take on italics? I see people using italics for internal dialog all the time. I think if you break it up, it shouldn't be a problem.
July 11, 2015, 04:32:38 PM
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Re: What's your take on italics? Use sparingly

I think every couple of paras would annoy me/my eyes. Find another way? Switch less often? Can't they just have the convo in one language? Find another way to indicate the switch?

Italics are like salt. Some is good. Too much....



July 12, 2015, 12:09:01 AM
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Re: What's your take on italics? Large sections in italics - like putting a flashback scene in italics, or a dream sequence, or similar - can be more difficult to read. If it's whole pages in italics, then that might present problems. (That said, I've read books recently that do this.)

Similarly, if you're using lots of instances of italics, it starts to look a little like a comic book, where it seems like every third word is emphasised, and the whole notion of italics as emphasis starts to lose its meaning for the reader.

There might not be a problem with it. On the other hand, there might be more elegant ways around it. I mean, if the character speaking another language is understood by your viewpoint character, there's no reason to note the language they're speaking in - you can just make a note when another character doesn't understand because s/he doesn't speak that language. If he isn't understood, then should the reader know what he's saying?

July 12, 2015, 12:18:10 AM
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Re: What's your take on italics? imo, italics are for emphasis (or foreign words). If you use them for all thoughts, you will have some pages flooded with italics, unless your narrator is nearly objective.

I have used them for letters, too.


July 12, 2015, 04:08:46 AM
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Re: What's your take on italics?
imo, italics are for emphasis (or foreign words). If you use them for all thoughts, you will have some pages flooded with italics, unless your narrator is nearly objective.

I have used them for letters, too.

I also use them for emphasis, and for direct thoughts. For direct thoughts, I use them sparingly, but for emphasis I use italics quite liberally. Everyone says that a reader should be able to tell the tone of your dialogue by the words used, but I don't see the harm in clarity.

Personally, I see it as a tool to help with this problem in the English language:

http://imgur.com/gallery/LsbOFpm

July 12, 2015, 04:23:51 AM
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Re: What's your take on italics?
http://imgur.com/gallery/LsbOFpm
Loved this ;D and it's very true about the emphasis/meanings!

As a reader, I don't mind italics that much, and I can stretch the 'use sparingly' to a paragraph. More, yes, it starts getting too much.
If you need to highlight something is different for long stretches of time, use ----- between the sections. I always found that quite interesting.

July 12, 2015, 11:34:46 AM
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Re: What's your take on italics? Writers use italics for all kinds of things--correspondences, flashbacks, telepathic communication, direct internal thoughts, emphasized words in speech or narrative. I've even run across entire scenes (flashbacks or dreams) written in italics. It doesn't bother me, as I've long since resigned myself to needing reading glasses, but when I started going back and forth with other writers and critters, I learned that many people despise more than limited use of italics. I've even run across people who insist one should never use them, though I'm guessing these folks don't actually read a lot of published fantasy novels.

So something to consider is that books that have pages of italics are likely wall bangers for at least some folks. My decision in my current projects is to use them only for telepathy (an infrequent occurrence, and the telepathic being is quite laconic) and very occasional word emphasis (like I did with the word despise earlier).

I don't know what to suggest as an alternative to the language issue, aside from maybe playing a bit with the syntax so it becomes clear when someone is speaking in the different language. My suspicion is that at least some readers will dislike using them to denote a different spoken language, at least if such is done frequently and at great length in your novel.

July 15, 2015, 10:40:30 PM
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Re: The King's Paws Apropos photos.

Linus likes my German fantasy books.  :D



(Haven't build the shelves for the English fantasy books yet)

August 11, 2015, 09:46:00 PM
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Re: The King's Paws Xiagan, there appears to be some books on your baby shelves!
August 11, 2015, 10:25:05 PM
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Re: The King's Paws We interrupt your regularly scheduled groveling for more goats. I think this may be Jmack's backyard.


August 19, 2015, 04:08:19 AM
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