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Should direct quotes be included in summary writing?
march 10, 2020
There are times when direct quotes can pack a punch and make writing better. There are also times when this important writer tool is not a good fit.
Write just the highlights
Compare this shorter, more abbreviated type of writing to ESPN SportsCenter. When the commentator recaps a 90-minute basketball game, the focus is on only the highlights—from beginning to end. This is an excellent parallel to the broader approach of summarizing without direct quotations.