Hello. First post on this site. I just want to get right into asking questions and discuss possibilities. So as someone that mostly writes comments online rather than writing fiction, I'm used to writing with several breaks in a fairly short paragraph before leaving an empty line break (I forgot what it's called) as such. I've looked in several pocket books for guidance surrounding when I ought to break and when I ought to use a blank line. I'm sure there are probably several conventions of doing it, most of which is absolutely not the way that comes naturally to me when writing. Here's a page-long example from the story I'm writing so you'll see the way I do it. I want to get my formatting right from the start, please help me! ---------------------- Torrents of united light from the consorting suns gave grass its golden gleam. It spread the scent of last night’s rain throughout the dampness in the air. At noon, the blushing redness of the Leftern Sun conjoined with the glacial-blue of the Right-hand Sun, like garishly godly eyes, ever watching from the sky. Chains of coastal mountains were nearly covered in green, with patches of snow resting over its multiple peaks. One grand mountain stood taller than the rest and not far from the base of it measured a vast stretch of forest. Pooling water, emanating in streams, gave the heart of the great forest its pulse. Multitudes of life followed along its arteries where ever it dispersed, through moss, stone, and flora. Idyllic, though it may be, it is a most treacherous thing to forget the feral dangers lurking within the specks that lay unknown to the maps of men, where only putrid rays of decaying light might hope to reach. Slow, lukewarm winds struck a low pitch and were as exhales, passing through. From the breath of nature sprang a black horse, pressing through the thick foliage. The muscles rippled underneath its volcanic obsidian coat. Atop the large mare rode a leather-clad swordsman. The frown on the man’s brow made his eyes look all the more like arrowheads as he managed the terrain, narrowly avoiding the Douglas-firs. The intensity of the chase was enough to test the stamina of even a proud mount such as his. Bushes and trees were severely encumbering their speed and they were both cut in many places from the bull-whipping of branches. He rode east, out from the deep forest, where it would eventually clear up. From a sharp hiss excelling by his ear, a crossbow bolt threatened to break his concentration as it passed by, impaling itself on the trunk of a nearby tree, echoing a low wooden clap. The man cocked his head right for the fraction of a second, casting a swift gaze over his shoulder. Only one pursuer was close enough to pose serious danger. Others followed far behind. The grunts that the immediate stygian baldagriff made was louder than the ones his lunging serutox wilderbeast made from with under him. Both looked mad with rage and famished with bloodthirst. ---------------------- As you can see that's quite a few breaks and empty lines. I'm thinking maybe I should remove the breaks within the paragraphs and replace the blank lines with those breaks. Is that what writers would generally do? Another side question I got, if you have the time, is that I'm trying to decide upon whether or not to use quotation or apostrophe for dialogue. I've seen both used in different books, but in Lord of the Rings, for instance, Tolkien writes dialogue like: 'I do not wish to go to Moria,' said Legolas. I would prefer to use apostrophe like Tolkien. Does anyone know advantages and disadvantages to both quotation marks and apostrophe for dialogue? Would the only difference bet that they'd be reversed in dialogue where characters quote something? 'He used to tell us, "The dead will walk the earth," and all sorts of spooky things.' "He used to tell us, 'The dead will walk the earth,' and all sorts of spooky things." 'They said, "Don't run."' "They said, 'Don't run.'"