Originally Posted by 2Wheels
This might need clarification for some people.
Originally Posted by Samantha's_Song
There's a difference between directly quoted thoughts and indirectly reported thoughts. We make the same distinction in dialog:
Indirect: Jeremy said he didn't like fruitcake.With internal thought:
Direct: Jeremy said, "I don't like fruitcake."
Indirect: Melissa gazed at the picture and thought she would never spend that kind of money for a few squiggles of paint.I think that's the use of first person 2Wheels was talking about. Even if the overall work is third person, directly quoted thoughts can only be third person when the character is thinking about someone else. When people think about themselves, they use either first or second person. (Unless you have a character with a very strange psychological condition!)
Direct: Melissa gazed at the picture. I'd never spend that kind of money for a few squiggles of paint.
What you do get, though, are thoughts where no person at all is specified:
Direct: Melissa gazed at the picture. That's absurd. Overpriced, too.Back to the original question: I usually italicize directly quoted thoughts, but I keep it brief and infrequent. More than a single line of italics IS hard to read. Sometimes, when I'm using a very deep penetrating third, I don't mark them at all. But I never, ever put them in quotes.