So I'm just wondering, is there a certain length that people should try to maintain when working with internal dialogue? Every book I read seems to keep it to a maximum of about 2-3 sentences, yet I have some in my first draft that are much larger than that. Is there a reason that people seem to avoid large internal dialogues? Is it considered bad writing? Am I just coincidentally only reading books that don't have large internal dialogue? Just for some details that might be relevant, I'm working in third person with a single character perspective (with a couple of exceptions near the end), so I'm aware that things might be different in first person. There are many places in which the protagonist encounters various complex moral and practical conundrums that couldn't really be adequately slimmed down to a few sentences of internal dialogue, so is there a reason why I should/shouldn't just convert some of the thoughts into third person discriptions? And just before anyone asks, obviously there is a limit somewhere, so I don't need to be told that half a chapter is a bit much. But is something like a paragraph or two for a complex conundrum an issue for some reason?