I'm trying my hand at editing a friends work. They've written the following:
'Thinks he's the smartest one in the room,' Henry wrote on a piece of paper.
(For context, they use double quotation marks when they write dialogue.)
My instinct is that the single quotation marks are incorrect. I could be wrong.
I can think of two alternatives:
Double quotation marks:
"Thinks he’s the smartest one in the room," Henry wrote on a piece of paper.
I feel like the double quotation marks make it read too much like dialogue, however. Especially because there is a conversation happening around this line.
Thinks he's the smartest one in the room, Henry wrote on a piece of paper.
A reason I lean towards this option is because "thinks he's the smartest one in the room" is a thought that Henry is having. (If Henry was simply thinking the phrase then I would use italics.)
So, am I supposed use single quotes, double quotes, or italics in this situation? Or something else? Or is it just a matter of style?