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Formatting Workshop

Formatting Workshop

Postby Azdgari » June 15th, 2011, 5:15 am

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Re: Formatting Workshop

Postby FlipMode » June 20th, 2011, 8:52 pm

That was great! I was actually about to start work on a new chapter to my current running Fan-Fic and when I saw this I was thinking "Heck knows I need tips on formatting!" And you did it in a way that was actually fun to read as well... I will forever hope for Mr.Hypothetical.
So yeah, thanks for posting that, it was pretty fantastic to read. ^^
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Re: Formatting Workshop

Postby FlipMode » July 6th, 2011, 7:04 pm

This is more a general question than anything else and I feel kind of bad asking it lol.
But nonetheless, how do you execute thought in fan fic writing?! Is it the same as speech, but following it up with "she thought"?
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Re: Formatting Workshop

Postby Azdgari » July 6th, 2011, 9:38 pm

Use italics! It's generally followed by 'she thought' or some verb of thought (thought, figured, ruminated, wondered, etc) although there are ways of executing it without a verb of that nature (I know I've done it before). But in general, yes, that's how you do it. ^^
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Re: Formatting Workshop

Postby Rogue Lion » April 10th, 2018, 7:23 pm

Cool but I was wondering about the part where 2 characters speaking in the same paragraph. Could it work if it was worded right?

For example:

“Don’t turn your back on me, Scar!” Mufasa shouted. Looking over his shoulder, Scar glared at his brother before he coldly replied: “Oh no, Mufasa. Perhaps you shouldn’t turn your back on me.”

Would this be acceptable or do I still have to separate it into another paragraph?
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Re: Formatting Workshop

Postby Azdgari » April 10th, 2018, 11:18 pm

So--technically speaking, each speaker gets their own paragraph. That's "the rules".

Of course, we're not writing legal documents here. The "rules" of creative writing are more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules. If you think it's truly appropriate to have multiple people speaking in the same paragraph, and you make it very clear who is speaking what, then you can certainly try it. Just be aware that we give speakers their own paragraphs to make it clear to readers who is doing the talking, and that by breaking that rule, you may make your writing more confusing. Also, it's worth mentioning that some readers may view it as a technical error, which could reflect poorly on you in their eyes.
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