Italics – Yay or Nay?

Someone in a Facebook group I’m a part of asked a question recently. She was wondering whether we used italics ‘to empathize a word, or a thought.’  Her comment was met with mixed thoughts especially from all of us, so I want to take a moment to explain how I feel about italics. I’ll briefly touch on the two ways of using italics that came up during our discussion.

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Removing the Clutter

I saw a post on tumblr talking about removing ‘extra’ words from your writing and it sparked this post. I’ve been seeing a lot of these posts on tumblr, by well meaning writers on how to make your writing look professional and clean. Objections to each and every post have boiled up in my mind as I remember when I was a younger writer and I was struggling to merge the lanes of writing advice.  I would like to start by saying: take everything I say and every other writer says by a grain of salt. Whether they are published or not.

What makes a passion or job like writing so difficult is that it is a creative process. There aren’t any rules, there isn’t any scale by which your stories worth can truly be matched. All you have to do is transfer the basic idea and scene of what’s in your mind into another person’s mind. Translation? With decent grammar, spelling, gumption, and imagination you, anyone, can, in theory, be a writer.

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We Fall Down Preview

“You gave up your right a long time ago, Jake,” Her voice sank lower, clouded with anger and frustration. “Don’t make me kill you too, because I won’t hesitate.”

She could hear him swallow, hard but he played it off, raising his hands in front of himself, as if warding off her attacks. “It wasn’t my fault,” He repeated the mantra of lies she’d heard too many times over the years and despise crawled up her throat and curled her lips. How could I have been so stupid as to begin to trust him again. “It wasn’t my fault.” He whispered it this time at her back as she turned to trail the procession until they reached their an area where she could get a clean shot without getting caught.

Can’t wait to release this piece to Wattpad this march!

Stay Safe.

Elisa