Quotes are often an underutilized writing opportunity. Adding quotes, and I don’t mean just a few spackles on random pages throughout your writing, can be very beneficial to writers in a number of ways. quotes can also help you convey your meeting, grab readers’ attention, and communicate your message better. So, here are just a few thoughts on how quotes can help you achieve your writing goals.
Using quotes can help with your use of Tactful repetition
An on-topic quote can give you another communication point about the subject that you are discussing, thereby, providing another mental reference to reinforce your subject.
If done with care, you can also get more than one use out of a quote. You can use a quote in the sentence of your paragraph, but this also doesn’t preclude you from isolating it and using other tactics listed below to present it more than once, to make it stand out, and to make it visually impactful.
Also, when quotes are properly placed and made distinct enough, garner the attention of readers who are using skimming and skinny techniques to acquaint themselves or to refresh themselves with the information that they are reading.
Use of quotes can add Volume to your writing
Quotes or an easy way to add value and to expand the volume of your writing. This is especially true when writing about nonfiction topics.
Sometimes when writing you have a target word count that you’re trying to achieve or document length. If you’ve done your research ahead of time and collected your quotes, then you should be able to add a few short, on-topic, non-distracting quotes, which will increase the total word count of your document and the total page count of your document.
If you’re flexible in your approach including quotes in your writing, then you will have several opportunities to make your quotes stand out and to better convey your message.
Isolating your Quotes within your document can make it easier to distinguish and add emphasis to the quote but it also adds whitespace before and after the quote and citation. Depending on how you formatted your quote and citation, you may also add one line or two between the actual quote and the citation.
Isolation of your quote not only adds white space, it makes your quote more visually impactful. If a quote is by itself, rather than buried in a paragraph, the reader will notice the quote and read the quote without the distraction of surrounding words.
In addition to isolation or rather than isolation, you can bold and or italicize your quotes, so, that they are more visually prominent within the text of your paragraph.
Highlighting or background Shading
Highlighting the quote or shading the background surrounding the quote can both be visually effective methods to make the quote stand out, be more recognizable, and potentially cause the reader to pay more attention to the quote and read the quote.
Including the quote in a picture or a graphic
Using a graphic or a picture with your quote included in it is another way to make a quote graphically stand out within your document and to be eye-catching. The trick here is that the graphic or picture must be directly related to the quote, your topic, and it must not be too big and distracting in nature. you need the picture or graphic to appeal to the reader, to catch the reader’s attention, and to focus and reinforce the reads thinking.
Quotes Assist in communicating expertise and background knowledge
Using quotes when pertinent to the topic you are writing about and from a variety of sources, can demonstrate that you have thought about and researched the subject about which you are writing. This is particularly true when the quote comes from a variety of authoritative sources which have been properly cited and not just from a web search.
I’m sure there are more ways in which quotes can be put to use full effect in writing, but this primer should be a helpful start.