Whenever I write inner thoughts I do something like:

What is she thinking?, Maria thought.

I find myself using the word thought, think, or wonder a lot when writing inner thoughts. Is there a way to write their inner thoughts without using dialogue tags?

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I just use italics for writing thoughts, and maybe use dialogue tags every now and then to make it clear it's thoughts. I think it's mostly understood that italics are thoughts, so you could probably get away with no tags whatsoever if you really wanted to.

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    Yeah, I think you can definitely get away with it. And depending on your perspective, you can often drop the italics as well. Dec 14, 2020 at 23:10
  • Yeah, I use italics too, although I put the italics in quotes just to make it very clear. Dec 15, 2020 at 16:01

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