I was looking at the formatting for a Screenplay and obviously each character's name is given before their dialog. For instance: [Anna] Who are you? [Bob] I am the exterminator. In a novel I have noticed that when quoting a character you will generally do something like the following: "Who are you?", Asked Anna. "I am the exterminator." Answered Bob. I was playing around with the rules a little bit and came up with this snippet: Even for Florida it was hot, the heat reflecting off the white panel van, made it feel like John Doe would be well done on the inside soon. John Doe: “How long do you think the repairs will take?” Mechanic: “It will be another three hours at least.” John Doe: “If you get it done in two I will give you a five-hundred-dollar bonus.” Mechanic: “You got it boss.” His back straightened and white smile cracked his brown leathery face. Eddie Jones picked that precise moment to enter the garage. “What’s this I hear about a bonus?” He appeared angry and looking for a fight. Mechanic: “Hey” He placed his palms in the air. “Ask John Doe over there.” I haven't personally seen a novel that uses the convention I used in my snippet, but, in checking out the rules for using a colon, one of the common accepted uses is to use it preceding a quotation. In my opinion the snippet I wrote makes it easier for me at least to keep track of my character dialog and even re-reading it, I know who is speaking and don't get lost. This whole idea was inspired while reading a Patricia Cornwell novel. I noticed that sometimes I had difficulty keeping track of the characters in multi-line dialogs and was constantly backtracking to clarify which character was actually speaking. Yell at me if you like, call me an idiot or Heretic, but, I would like some feedback on using the format above in a full length novel to help me and my readers, keep track. My story has a lot of characters and a lot of dialog. Note: I am going to be self-publishing to Kindle, not submitting my story to a publisher, if that makes a difference.