New paragraph for every quotation?
Posted 02 May 2012 - 10:17 AM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:13 AM
However, if its phrased correctly, it is possible and can help to create a more casual atmosphere for the reader which may be more appropriate for some novels.
JD Salinger is widely regarded as an author who created excellent dialogue so having a look at Catcher in the Rye may help give you some ideas or direction.
Hope this helps.
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:31 AM
Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:32 AM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:19 PM
"When is the math homework due?" asked Tim. John replied quickly that the homework was due the next day.
But I agree that when using direct dialogue, it can become confusing when there are multiple characters quoted in the same paragraph. I would stick to starting a new paragraph each time a new character speaks, since this is an accepted form that novel authors use more often than not. In fact, I do not think that there is any reason to not use this form, unless you are trying to save paper.
Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:59 AM
Sometimes, one speaker goes on and on for paragraphs. In this case, you should start a new paragraph when necessary. Do not end the previous paragraph with a quotation mark, but begin the new one with one. At the end of the speech, diatribe or story, place a terminal quotation mark:
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