Dialogue Conventions

    A List of Conventions
  1. A new line, indented two spaces for each character's speech.
  2. Use single quotes to open and close speech - not double.
  3. A dash ( - ) at the end of a line of speech indicates an interruption.
  4. Ellipses (three and only three dots ... ) indicates a trailing off, a speech unfinished for some reason.
  5. Punctuation within dialogue follows the same rules as prose punctuation.
  6. Sentence fragments are acceptable. People do talk ungrammatically, either for emphasis or effect.