Dialogue is the conversation between two or more people. Start a new line for each speaker. Use quotation marks (") to show who is speaking, and a comma (,) to separate the dialogue from the speaker's name. Start a new paragraph when the speaker changes, and use action tags (e.g. he said, she asked) to show who is speaking.
Writing Dialogue: Punctuation and Formatting
Dialogue – Conversation between two or more characters. It is usually written in the form of quotes to indicate who is speaking. Punctuation – Punctuation is used to separate the dialogue into understandable chunks and to indicate pauses or a change in tone. Formatting – Dialogue should be written in one paragraph and all sentences should be written as complete sentences.
When writing dialogue, the punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. The correct format for dialogue has the speaker's name followed by a comma, then the dialogue. In some cases, dialogue can be used to express thoughts, instead of words spoken out loud.
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What are some of the benefits of using dialogue in our writing?
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How can you ensure your dialogue is realistic and believable?
What do we call the punctuation marks used to set off dialogue?
- Quotation marks
When writing a new paragraph of dialogue for a different speaker in the same conversation what should you do?
- Add a comma to separate the two speakers.
- Start a new line with an indent and begin with opening quotes.
What are some common words used as Dialogue tags?
Where does the Dialogue tag come in relation to Quotation Marks?
- Before or after them depending on how it is used.
- It doesn't matter.
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