Thursday, May 13, 2010

Play Dialogue format is incorrect - writing tip

Lately we've been seeing some novels come in with dialogue in play format. I have no idea why people would use play structure in a fictional setting, but it is never correct. Needless to say this has led to some returns.

Dialogue in play format:

Arline: “I just want to make myself clear. You should be using the prose format, that’s, all.”

Dialogue in prose format:

“I just wanted to make myself clear,” Arline said, looking worried. “You should be using the prose format, that’s all.”

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