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Your title, first sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter are your hooks to catch the reader. Make sure they are baited well. So, if you start with internal monologue, it had better be interesting, not just bland, random thoughts about how it's high up on the wherever. I realize that was just an example, but compare: Bad: "It's so high up here," thought ...


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There's no reason why it couldn't work, as long as you quickly make clear that it's internal dialogue. If it's a first-person narrative, the entire story is "internal dialogue," in a sense. The main benefit is to give the reader immediate access to the character's inner life, which may help us identify with him/her/it/them. The only real con I could see ...


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You would not use quotations, because it implies that she shouts hiccup rather than hiccups. If you replace hiccup with bang the difference becomes more apparent. she hiccuped = A women has just hiccuped, and this refers more to the action than the sound itself. Hiccup! = A sound occurs, and it specifically sounded like the word used. "Hiccup!" = Someone ...


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Shush is a verb. The Oxford English Dictionary definies it as: To call or reduce (someone) to silence by uttering the sounds denoted by sh-sh. Sh is also a verb. The OED defines it as: To reduce to silence or tranquillity with the sound of ‘sh!’, or attempt to do so. Now what is interesting are the examples the OED gives. The first is from P. G. ...



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