Is there a standard format for writing dialogue in fiction? I'm not asking how to write dialogue nor how to punctuate it. Register to remove this ad 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? 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?