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    Default quotations and dialogue and such

    the general rule for dialog (dialogue?) is that each new speaker is a new paragraph, right? so... if i wanted to say something like this:

    Matt twiddled his thumbs for a bit and then replied, "blablablablabla..."
    Sherry hesitated a moment, and asked, "blablablabla?"

    is that right? or can i leave it all as one paragraph? or is this a bad rule in general?

    help is much appreciated! :D

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    It's generally a speaker a paragraph. You sometimes see more than one speaker embedded in a paragraph where there speech isn't a major part, but in a proper coversation, I'd stick to the rule. Conversation can be hard to follow and the paragraphs signal; changes clearly.

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    When you change speakers, start a new paragraph. It's a good rule. Failing to follow that rule results in confusing the reader.

    http://forums.about.com/ab-teenwriting3/start

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