I'm posting this thread in hopes of gleaning some information and opinions on how some of you think phone calls should be formatted in a narrative. Obviously, in first-person it would be a little jarring to have both sides of a phone conversation. But what about third person? Would you carry it out like normal dialogue? Or would you format it differently like: John: blah blah blah Claire: blah blah blah Just curious as to what others think about this sort of thing. ETA: And I'm not meaning to talk about extended conversations over phones. I mean relatively brief exchanges. I wouldn't want to read a novel with a bunch of this. But if a couple of phone calls are used for a specific reason, is it bad form?