3 reasons to use free indirect speech in your crime fiction – by Louise Harnby…

Are you using free indirect speech in your writing?

This article provides an overview of what it is and how it can spice up your crime fiction.

What is free indirect speech?

In a nutshell, free indirect speech offers the essence of first-person dialogue or thought but through a third-person viewpoint.

The character’s voice takes the lead, but without the clutter of speech marks, speech tags, italic, or other devices to indicate who’s thinking or saying what.

It’s a useful tool to have in your sentence-level toolbox because:

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3 thoughts on “3 reasons to use free indirect speech in your crime fiction – by Louise Harnby…

  1. It’s ripe in crime fiction, which is where I took my published examples from. I think that’s because it’s such a useful tool for closing narrative distance without shifting viewpoint, and that makes it great for retaining tension without cluttering up the text. Wise authors pepper – rather than litter – their prose with it!

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