Is there a standard format for writing dialogue in fiction? I'm not asking how to write dialogue nor how to punctuate it. I've been keeping my dialogue single-spaced, in contrast to double-spacing the narrative. I also use additional indentation (10 spaces to offset the dialogue). Is this the correct style? Register to remove this ad I'm wondering if different publishers require their own variations on formatting for novels; perhaps short story follows the same stylistic considerations as a novel?