While working on my revisions this week it came to my attention dialogue which runs several paragraphs long have a set of rules to follow.

This came as a surprise to me. I’d always thought, mistakenly it seems, that as long as it was one person doing the talking, quotations occur at the start, and at the end. No matter how many paragraphs long.

Of course ideally you should break up the dialogue between paragraphs with either dialogue tags or cues, (learned in one of Margie Lawson’s always inspirational classes)or action sequences of some sort.

Failing that, if your character has something important to impart, or maybe just like to hear themselves talk , Start the dialogue with quotation marks. At the beginning of each subsequent paragraph add quotations, all the way until the end, where you add the closing quotations.