1. Nigma

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    Help! How do you format dialogue in manuscript?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Nigma, Oct 24, 2016.

    I'm writing using Microsoft word with a novel manuscript template to properly format it and wondered if anyone knows how dialogue is supposed to be presented when formatting the text to submit to a publisher? I know they can be picky on how you format.

    Do I use speech marks or apostrophes?

    Do I start a new line of text after the dialogue?

    How to go about presenting a conversation between two characters?

    Thanks very much in advance!
     
  2. deadrats

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    I say pick up a book (and really this can be just about any book), look at a section of dialog and do exactly that. This isn't so hard. Usually, dialog is in quotes. Each person speaking gets a new line. Formatting for dialog hasn't really changed much. I'm sure you've read a million examples of dialog done right.
     
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    This should help!
     
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