Quotation Marks for Dialogue

Tawariell

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So I've noticed that some writers like to use single quotation marks for their dialogues, while others use double... I read this had something to do with English and American authors.

I used to do single when I was very young, but for whatever reason changed it all to double... (I saw someone using double and I assumed I was doing it wrong by using single... turns out I wasn't hehe).

Opinions on this? Which one do you use/prefer? Why? :)

Example:
"You look awful." He frowned. "Is everything okay?" (double)
'Just... tired.' (single)
 

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Interesting, I much prefer, and always used, double marks for speech. Unless it was a quotation within speech, then I'd use single.
 

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I use doubles nowadays, simply so I don't confuse them with apostrophes. They're not as elegant in some fonts, but far easier to see, and as Kerry says, far easier to change if you need to do so.

As thaddeus mentioned, though, whichever you choose, you have to use the other one when dealing with quotations or direct speech within dialogue ie "You'd better mend that now," said Martha. "As Mother always says, 'A stitch in time saves nine.'"
 

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I use doubles nowadays, simply so I don't confuse them with apostrophes. They're not as elegant in some fonts, but far easier to see, and as Kerry says, far easier to change if you need to do so.

As thaddeus mentioned, though, whichever you choose, you have to use the other one when dealing with quotations or direct speech within dialogue ie "You'd better mend that now," said Martha. "As Mother always says, 'A stitch in time saves nine.'"
My thoughts exactly! I always thought using double would make it easier somehow.
 

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Probably more than I'm aware of. But acclaimed Australian author Tim Winton didn't. Still, he's a hell of a writer and his 'style' hasn't hurt his reviews or sales. Cloudstreet was his first book that I read and I've been a big fan ever since. Tink will have to tell you about his choice.
 

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I converted my manuscript into single quotations after taking a straw poll on my book shelf - single speech marks just about won out. I tend to use double for in dialogue quotes.
 

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