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    A pause between questions

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Oct 12, 2009.

    Is there a way show a pause after one question (to show that the answer is being considered by the askER) before the second guestion is asked? Or is that too a matter for the narrative?
     
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    Yes. Do it in the narrative. In fact, there is a term for an action separating dialogue fragments. It's called a beat.

    Jack shoved Spike against the wall. "Where were you last night?" Then it dawned on him. "It was you who broke into the garage, wasn't it?"
     
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    I like that! "Beat's" What an interesting concept.
     
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    if a pause/self-interruption is only within the line of dialogue and not accompanied by action, that's shown by inserting an ellipsis:

    "Last night...it was you who broke into the garage, wasn't it?"
     

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