In this nuts & bolts tip, I show you how to correctly separate dialogue and “stage directions” into paragraphs.

The funny thing about writing, is a story doesn’t come out of our heads with the structure included. If you read some dialogue out loud, it won’t matter where those breaks are. But when you’re reading dialogue on the page, those breaks really do matter. Place them incorrectly, and you can attribute an action to the wrong character, rely too heavily on dialogue tags, and confuse your reader. Watch the screen on this one, because I show you before and after examples.

 

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