In my never ending quest to write correctly, I found this fantastic blog that offers assistance to us struggling authors.
This happened to be on my mind and they had the perfect post.
It often confuses new writers as to when to italicize words and when not to. This is natural because there are no set rules for this and much depends on the writer’s own discretion. However, there are certain guidelines that tell you what needs to be italicized. Here they are:
1. Emphasis. When you want to put an emphasis, or want a word or phrase to stand out from the rest. For example:
You mean to say you wrote this?
Do not write on the wall.
2. Words as separate words. When words in a sentence are used as separate words. For example:
Don’t forget to italicize the word hope.
Committee is a word that is often misspelled.
3. Letters as words. When letters of the alphabet are used as words in a sentence. For example:
Put an X on the spot that needs to be…
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