I mentioned the book Self-Editing for Fiction Writers in yesterday's post. As I go through it, several thoughts jump out at me and grab me by the throat. Then I think--why didn't someone tell me this earlier on?
I'm talking about Inner Monologue. I knew one should never put quotes around the thoughts. Learned that long ago. But I still resorted to italicizing the character's thoughts. (like that) Well, the authors say:
Unless yo are deliberately writing with narrative distance, there is no reason to cast your interior monologue into first person.Cast the interior monologue into the thirdt person too.
EX. Had I meant to kill her? he thought.
Had he meant to kill her?
Also--he goes on to say, frequent italics signal weak writing. So you should never resort to them unless they are the only practical choice.
WEAK writing!! Ugh!! I thought back to the manuscripts I already finished and sent in with some italics and doing the I thought, she thought stuff! Ugh again.
Here's my moral to the story--read books on writing --all the time. I read some a few years ago but evidentially not enough and not the right ones. At least on fiction because I figured how hard could it be?
I eat my words. Writing fiction is hard. Thank goodness there are others out there who know what they are doing.