Asked • 07/29/19

How should dialog be formatted?

Is there any "official" rule that I should keep in mind when formatting character dialog?Line breaks, placement of quotes, mixing dialog with action descriptions etc.For example, I want to build a sentence like: "Look Jones, *this* will be yours someday" and describe the speaker point to some building during the word "this". How would you format such a sentence?1. "Look Jones," Dan pointed at the castle, "this will be yours someday"2. "Look Jones, this" Dan pointed at the castle "will be yours someday"3. etc.As you can see, I have problems with comma placement, quote placement and general formatting. Advice?

1 Expert Answer


Gwyneth F. answered • 08/01/19

Honors BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA Candidate for Dramatic Writing

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