How to Write a Sermon Into My Manuscript
Question: One of the characters in my manuscript is a minister. He is giving a sermon on forgiveness. It will only be a portion of the sermon; the part that the main character needs to hear to lead her to forgiving the minister, as they have a past together.
How do I go about writing this into my manuscript? Should it be in quotes or should it be underlined so it is italicized?
Thanks, Glen! Answer:
Generally, if a speech is more than one paragraph, you put a quotation mark at the start of each paragraph, but do not put a quotation mark at the end of any paragraph but the last one.
However, if you have a really long speech, such as a sermon, you should consider breaking it up by inserting the main character's observations of the minister's actions or appearance, other things happening during the sermon, the main character's reactions to the sermon, etc. You could have a whole other subplot happening during the speech, if it makes sense.