Skip to main content
36 votes
Accepted

How should I quote American English speakers in a British English essay?

Usually no. When quoting, it is assumed that you are using the original writer's dialect and spelling, since that is a part of what they wrote. The style guides I consulted agree on that point. APA ...
TaliesinMerlin's user avatar
32 votes

What English version of the bible should I quote from?

If you just need a 'generic' bible quote a widely used version like the KVJ as suggested in several other answers is a reasonable default. However, if you're writing fiction and are using ...
Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight's user avatar
31 votes
Accepted

Quote at the beginning of a chapter, is it advisable for fiction novels?

There are some practical problems to consider: 1) Attribution. I don't know who Christiana Baldwin is, but I think that quotation is from Byron, English Bards and Scots Reviewers. 2) Royalties. You ...
Steve Jessop's user avatar
31 votes
Accepted

What is the meaning of square brackets in quotes?

When quoting something, you are representing that this is what the source of the quote said precisely. As a result, if an alteration to the quote is required for any reason, many people use square ...
Muzer's user avatar
  • 434
30 votes

Quote at the beginning of a chapter, is it advisable for fiction novels?

A quote (called an epigraph) is added to the start of a book or a chapter when it adds an insight to the story. What kind of insight is up to you: it might be an additional understanding of events on ...
Galastel supports GoFundMonica's user avatar
21 votes

What English version of the bible should I quote from?

This gets back to a basic problem, in that there really is no such thing as The Bible; only translations compiled from various copies (which may or may not be consistent with each other). Using the ...
T.E.D.'s user avatar
  • 1,289
13 votes
Accepted

Format when repeating one word from another character's dialogue

In dialogue, either screenplay or novel, you wouldn't distinguish that at all. It is quite common for respondents to repeat a word or phrase from a speaker. Jack said, "I'm going to San ...
Amadeus's user avatar
  • 103k
13 votes

What is the meaning of square brackets in quotes?

Basically, the square brackets indicate "this quote was altered to make grammatical sense of the quotation in its new context." One use is to lower-case, or upper-case, the initial letter. ...
Mary's user avatar
  • 9,229
12 votes
Accepted

When quoting issuing commands to multiple individuals, should each new person be a new paragraph?

In my view, either is correct. The two factors that I would consider in selecting either alternative are: One, how urgent do you as the author want it to sound; orders in a single paragraph signal ...
JonStonecash's user avatar
  • 5,257
10 votes

What English version of the bible should I quote from?

First of all, this is a much deeper and more contentious question than you probably anticipated, especially if your audience takes the Bible very seriously. See this answer here on Christianity.SE ...
BradC's user avatar
  • 684
9 votes

In a novel that I'm writing, can a character quote a line from a movie or TV show?

Copyright is copyright. There are rules that vary depending on your location, and the way in which you make use of the copyrighted material. In the US, check out the copyright law at https://www....
user8356's user avatar
  • 1,343
9 votes

As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work?

Go to a local university and speak with a writer in residence or a professor who is well-respected. Take creative writing courses and listen to the feedback. Join a writers group - but remember, ...
Rasdashan's user avatar
  • 12.3k
9 votes

Quoting Yourself

You have two choices: Write it up in the same style as the other quotes but don't give an attribution. It is common enough for writers to put something poetic or otherwise different from the main ...
Cyn's user avatar
  • 32.4k
9 votes
Accepted

How can I Include a verbatim passage in my fiction without plagiarizing it?

Don't plagiarize, paraphrase. Take the paragraph, figure out the main idea, and express it in your own words. If it's important that it be exactly as it was in the original, quote it and cite it. In ...
Chris Sunami's user avatar
  • 56.5k
7 votes

How to use a quote with frequent changes

If a word is changed or added, it's placed in brackets. ([]). However, this is typically only done to clarify, usually when context has been removed. For example, if Alice was talking about Bob and we ...
Michael's user avatar
  • 874
7 votes

What English version of the bible should I quote from?

Advice that I was given when younger is that when generically quoting the Bible in English, one should always use KJV or NKJV since they're the most widely-known English translations. As it was ...
Deacon's user avatar
  • 171
7 votes
Accepted

Can I quote an infamous line from a satire written in the 18th century in my novel?

Yes, you are correct. See here for length of copyright: https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-duration.html "Fair use" is complicated ans subject to interpretation by the courts, but for the general ...
Jay's user avatar
  • 25.6k
7 votes
Accepted

How should tv broadcast dialogue be formatted in a story?

I see it as if you were reporting the dialogue between a couple of people sitting a table over from you in a public place. If you want the words, write it as dialogue. Quote it normally and ...
Cyn's user avatar
  • 32.4k
7 votes

When quoting issuing commands to multiple individuals, should each new person be a new paragraph?

To break it off into paragraphs is to imply that there were breaks in the speech. If the commands were rattled off one after the other, it would make more sense to have no breaks. To break as you do ...
Mary's user avatar
  • 9,229
6 votes
Accepted

How to quote something somebody was told by someone else? (Third-party, hearsay)

This is called an indirect (or secondhand) quote. Typically, the advice is to replace it with a primary quote if at all possible. But in an oral recollection like this, it might not be possible to ...
Chris Sunami's user avatar
  • 56.5k
6 votes
Accepted

Term for when you split a quote to say 'said so and so' in Journalism and Reporting?

"Bob Said" is an "attribution". It attributes the spoken words to a particular person. Alternatives include... an "introductory phrese" such as... "According to Bob, " or "Bob reported that " ...
Henry Taylor's user avatar
  • 10.8k
6 votes

How should I quote American English speakers in a British English essay?

You could use [sic] in the quote, this identifies that the mistake is intentional. For example I don't like that color [sic]. A more detailed explanation can be found at https://data.grammarbook....
Lewis's user avatar
  • 177
6 votes

Is it poor form to paraphrase well known authors in dialogue?

If someone recognized it as a paraphrase, I’d call it a literary allusion. It’s OK to borrow from an author if both you and the listener know it’s not your original thought. If I don't hear a ...
Literalman's user avatar
6 votes

What type of rhetorical figure is this?

Chiasmus “I don't care how much you know until I know how much you care.” (Teddy Roosevelt?) In a chiasmus the words are repeated in reverse order to achieve a desired effect (there are far too many ...
Jos's user avatar
  • 366
5 votes
Accepted

As a new poet, where can I find help from a professional to judge my work?

There are many places to get good feedback for your work. You said you wanted a professional to look over your work and in that case, if you plan on publishing, I would suggest hiring an editor. But ...
Elias Rowan Albatross's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible