Inspired by my decision to try and read Cormac McCarthy's The Road again (I gave up last time), I've been thinking about starting a story about the apocalypse / dying earth / last man on earth. My first instinct (again inspired by McCarthy's multiple line breaks) was to write it in the diary / journal style, until I asked myself how I would handle dialogue. What I mean by this, is that it's not usual - or even possible unless you record them - to transcribe conversations you may have had during your day, when making a diary entry. You may document the things you discussed, but you wouldn't transcribe them word for word. So I ask, as a reader, would you simply overlook passages of dialogue without questioning their inclusion in a diary style story, or would you expect and want it to be handled differently?