Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday Tip: Italics

Tuesday Tip

Italics is the modern-day version of underlining. It is sloped writing used for emphasis. There are certain situations where italics is used in writing.

Direct internal discourse (unspoken thoughts):  Direct thoughts, imagined dialogue, and other interior monologue, when expressed in the first-person point of view, are typed in italics. Example:
           Stephanie shook her head and thought, What am I going to do with him?

Indirect thought:  interior thought that is paraphrased should not be italicized. An example would be:
          Stephanie told herself that she needed to tell him the truth.

Titles of books, movies, songs, and newspapers

Foreign words: Foreign words and phrases should be in italics if they are likely to be unfamiliar to most readers, particularly for the first occurrence with in the book. If it is a fairly common word, italics is often unneeded.

Letters used as letters:  Individual letters of the alphabet are italicized, unless they are used in a common expression. Examples include:

          the letter T
          Justin signed the paperwork with an X.
          Be sure to dot your i's and cross the t's.

Words used as words:  Words used as words, or phrases used as phrases, should be italicized. Examples include:

           "Why is it so hard for you to say I'm sorry?"
            "The word resign has multiple meanings," Amanda said.

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