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For a printed book, consider a fixed-width font like Courier. Or you can get fancier and use a font designed to look like 1990s computer text. I know that computer text doesn't look like that any more, but readers will make allowances. For e-books, you may not have any control over the font that the reader sees. But you can try all caps, adding left and ...


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Check the manuscript guidelines of where you're submitting. Anything else is a personal style preference. Some manuscript guidelines require straight quotes, some ask for curly quotes throughout. In general, short fiction tends to require straight quotes (particularly when submitted in the body of an email, or pasted into a web form) and novels tend to ...


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Short Answer.... Yes. Doable. But, there are a few other things programmers do... Formatting the Text with Decorators... Often times, computer errors will be presented with some type of inline decoration. It is generally safe to assume that putting the '>' character in front of every new line of text will help make your error text look like computer ...


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Using first person might work best for a situation like this. You'd be able to easily convey inner thoughts, use quotation marks for strictly dialog, and have the option to format intruding other "inner" voices differently... As I approached the burnt-out shell of the stone building, I thought it looked like the fires of hell had consumed it. You don't ...


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Are you asking if you can do it (from a publishing standpoint), or if you should do it (from a stylistic standpoint)? If the former, sure, there's all sorts of books published with atypical formatting in whole or in parts. House of Leaves would be the obvious example of doing that extensively; then there's also something like The Neverending Story which ...


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I know of two widely cited descriptions of standard manuscript format, one from William Shunn and the other from Vonda M. McIntyre. Neither description explicitly mentions the style of quotation marks. But each description is itself an example of the manuscript format it describes. Shunn's uses straight quotes. I think McIntyre's uses curly quotes (the ...


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The most important thing you need to establish is a consistency of approach. Decide on a way to introduce a voice, reinforce it a couple of times and then get on with writing. The important part here is showing the reader what you're conveying, rather than blindly sticking to prescribed style. (if every writer always stuck to the prescribed style, there ...



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