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If I want to italicize a certain word in my manuscript, should I underline it or actually italicize it?  Which is the proper way?

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#1 - September 06, 2013, 02:04 PM

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#2 - September 06, 2013, 02:15 PM
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Yes, italicize. But remember to emphasize rarely. The reader is usually very good at figuring out where to put the emphasis without it being done for them.  :flower
#3 - September 06, 2013, 05:44 PM
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#4 - September 06, 2013, 06:26 PM
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#5 - September 06, 2013, 07:29 PM

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OMG. I had this brought to my attention by a beta reader. She thought I was crazy. LOL. But Scrivener automatically converts italics to underline, so I thought that was still in use. Good to know that my beta was right. I took the settings off.  :aah

Does anyone know whether the double hyphens are still being used to replace em dashes on manuscripts?
#6 - September 07, 2013, 04:43 PM

On Word, I do a double dash, write the word and do a space then it makes the proper dash. Does that make sense?
#7 - September 07, 2013, 04:51 PM
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That totally makes sense, but Scrivener automatically turns the em dash to a double hyphen and my beta kept correcting it. LOL. She was right, of course, but since Scrivener does it automatically when you convert it into manuscript format, I never questioned it. Apparently, that was back in the day. Now you're supposed to keep it an em dash. It used to be that you had to underline italics, but now that's changed too.  :shrug: I'm only 28, so when people say, "oh, that's a throw back to the old days with typewriters", I feel old because I was the last typewriting generation.  :slaphead:
#8 - September 07, 2013, 09:04 PM

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There must be a setting for that, that you can also change?

In Word, if you have a full keyboard, you can get the em-dash by holding down ctrl, alt, and the minus sign on the number keypad (way off to the right). I'm not sure if there is an equivalent on the typical laptop keyboard, but I'm sure Google would answer that. I've found that Word converts the double hyphen to an en-dash, not the longer em-dash. Oh, and at the risk of TMI, ctrl plus the minus sign will give you the en-dash (just leave out alt). :)
#9 - September 08, 2013, 06:03 AM
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There must be a setting for that, that you can also change?

In Word, if you have a full keyboard, you can get the em-dash by holding down ctrl, alt, and the minus sign on the number keypad (way off to the right). I'm not sure if there is an equivalent on the typical laptop keyboard, but I'm sure Google would answer that. I've found that Word converts the double hyphen to an en-dash, not the longer em-dash. Oh, and at the risk of TMI, ctrl plus the minus sign will give you the en-dash (just leave out alt). :)

Oh definitely. I took the setting off and now it doesn't do it anymore. Scrivener also has the annoying default of turning ellipses into triple periods. I've since modified everything accordingly. The good thing is that since it caught the attention of my beta, I noticed that I had way to many instances of italics. So I edited it a bit.  ;D
#10 - September 08, 2013, 10:36 AM

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Whatever you do, do it consistently. Publishers will want to set an em dash as an em dash, but typesetting is no longer done by hand. Typically, they take your manuscript file, clean it up as necessary, and then pour it into Quark Xpress or Adobe InDesign.
#11 - September 08, 2013, 01:45 PM
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