Lanetta J. Sprott

Confused

Posted on: November 26, 2009

How do you handle these two situations?

  • When writing in Morgan’s POV, and say, her sister Alice receives a telephone call, the reader/Morgan will not know what the caller is saying, but only read/hear Alice’s side of the conversation, correct?  But, if Morgan is alone, then the reader will read/hear the caller’s conversation as well. Correct? 
  • When Morgan is having a flashback, and she recalls something someone said, then I should use ‘single quotations’ around the quote, correct? See example:

The plans she and Blake had had when selecting their home flooded her thoughts. His words rang clearly as she remembered how he had explained, ‘Don’t worry how small it is now. There is plenty of room to grow.’ He had stood at the kitchen door with a hand on the knob, sporting his wide irresistible smile. The smile grew wider as he opened the door, motioning for her to follow out into the backyard. Holding his arms out wide, he had stepped off a large square, saying, ‘There is ample yard. We can add a family room here when we start having babies.’ She vividly recalled the kiss to her cheek he’d given her as he patted her stomach. Now where his kiss had been, she wiped away a tear and allowed one last time to grieve for the dreams that never came true.

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1 Response to "Confused"

Okay…. different folks left different opinions via twitter rather than here… gathering it together, the telephone conversations will be….

When in front of someone, the telephone conversation will be one sided. When alone, it will depend whether I want the reader to “hear” the other side!

Quotes within quotes use the single quotation mark. Otherwise, use regular quotation marks. That’s simple to remember!

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Native Texan living in the Hill Country writing and experiencing life one day at a time.

Novels by Lanetta J. Sprott:

Where Forever Begins Finding Closure

Where Forever Begins, A Simple Love Story and Finding Closure are available online at Lulu and Amazon.

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