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    Incorporating Dialogue

    Currently writing a short story for a creative writing class. I'm having a little difficulty on how to properly incorporate dialogue. Basically, I am not sure whether each piece of dialogue should be separated from the paragraph itself. I've seen it done this way, but I want to be sure that's the proper way of going about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


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    Re: Incorporating Dialogue

    Quote Originally Posted by creativewriter View Post
    Currently writing a short story for a creative writing class. I'm having a little difficulty on how to properly incorporate dialogue. Basically, I am not sure whether each piece of dialogue should be separated from the paragraph itself. I've seen it done this way, but I want to be sure that's the proper way of going about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
    Usually dialog is placed in a separate paragraph for each speaker.

    However I don't see a problem with writing dialog at the beginning of a paragraph. for example:

    "I am scared." said Johnny as he opened the door to the spooky old house. He stared down a dusty hallway, not wanting to set inside.

    "Go on inside...this place isn't haunted. You are such a wimp!" taunted Billy.

    I wouldn't end a paragraph with dialog though. I would only start a paragraph. Also every new speaker would have a new paragraph, no matter how little they say.


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    Re: Incorporating Dialogue

    Thank-you, that's what I thought, but I wanted to be sure before I went ahead and wrote the story. Wasn't sure if short stories had different rules od dialogue.

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