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I need to borrow your car," said Al. Hi, it's Al "Who is it? I wanted to ask if I could borrow your car next week. I need to borrow your car.
The only time I've ever seen the format indicated above with speech not in quotations either in printed novels or on-line is to indicate THOUGHTS not a phone conversation.
So it'd be more like: The phone rang and Bob picked it up. My own fic was entirely a radio broadcast when it got going - there was no narrative at all in the main story so it worked as a list of broadcast exchanges without quotes. If you want to use them, that is fine, but they are not needed for clarity at all.
We know Bob is in the room talking on the phone, and after Al has given his name, we know he is the one on the other end of the line. The first version -- with the exception of the completely unnecessary bracket stating that Al is on the phone since we have already been told that -- is to me preferable since it gives a little more context to the conversation.
It's a story, not a script. True, sometimes a conversation is better told without too much narration, but often it is not. Often it leads to the talking heads syndrome.
I usually use italics for thoughts, so I would advice quotation marks, if you use them for other conversation. I did recently read a book where no quotation marks were used, and I had no problems with determining what was dialogue and what was not.
Nor identifying the speakers. It did give a slightly introspective feel to the whole book though. I tried to experiment a bit with that effect in a story, but I will have to see how it is received to determine whether it worked as I wanted or not.
It made me rethink my stance on the use of graphical devices, though. So I would say that if you think the use of italics gives it a feeling that you want in your story, use them.
But if you have to rely on them to make your story clear, then you need to work more on the story. It is easy to make it clear that someone is talking on the phone, and to establish who is on which side of the line without the use of either italics, bolding, quotation marks and the like.
I do employ the use of quotations marks for all dialogue and only really use italics when I want to stress particular emphasis on a word or when I denote flashbacks or internal thought dialogue.
I never really felt it was necessary to use italics in two-sided phone conversations until I saw it being used recently and began to wonder about it.
Research brought up no conclusive answers on any distinct guidelines so I might have to assume there really are none.
One sided phone conversations are a bit easier.How to do a phone conversation? by Marissa (Ohio) Question: In my book there are a couple time when a character is talking on a phone or through an ear piece to someone. How would I do the conversation? Would I just have my character speak and not put the other person's dialogue?
or would I have both dialogue because it's from that . Aug 09, · Forums Writers Anonymous Writing: Formatting two and one-sided phone conversations. LMRaven. Does anyone know the correct way to format a two sided phone conversation? I am currently writing a story in the 3rd POV but in the particular scene I am writing it's written from one person's perspective (still 3rd person).
If they . The three-way, no four-way, phone call conversation in Mean Girls is one of the best phone call scenes to ever grace the big screen.
Here’s a small excerpt, the way it was written in the script: INT. Well I like both. I think the easiest way to write a one sided phone conversation is to write it from the point of view of a person observing. May 05, · When writing a phone conversation, should it be one-sided or a dialogue?
1 following. 6 answers 6. What is an acceptable/good way to write about a one sided phone conversation? How do you write a phone conversation scene in a film/television show?Status: Resolved.
One-sided dialogue. My question is, what is the best way to write dialog between the real and invisible character, when it appears as if the lead character is talking to herself? Here are a couple examples of what I mean: Formatting the .