04-05-2012 04:43 AM
I have finally written my first novel and have got to the super fun part of formatting the whole thing for ebook and print. I have trawled through the forum on interior formatting but haven't been able to find an answer to my query.
It is this: Is it standard for a line of speech to be indented when its ona new line as a new person is speaking? Or should the line be justified?
Secondly, I tend to write things like: 'He answers without looking back'. Now, should the speech following this be on a new line if it is a new speaker or should there be a comma and then the speech?
I do apologise if this seems like a silly question but it is the final hurdle before publishing.
04-05-2012 06:43 AM - edited 04-05-2012 06:43 AM
Yes to both.
Indent speech of another character, and indent at ``He answers...``
Comma before speech: ``He says,`` or ``He answers...``
At end of speech, place period or comma before quotes.
04-05-2012 09:11 AM
If in doubt, just pick up any novel you own and see how that author handles speech - that will give you all the answers you need 8o)