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WRITING TIPS AND TRICKS-Dialogue Etiquette


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.

JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.   She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)

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