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Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

Formatting a Story Teller’s Dialog

How do you format dialogue in a story?

What are the basic rules for formatting dialogue in a story? The basic rules for formatting dialogue in a story include using quotation marks around the spoken words, separating the dialogue from the rest of the text with a new line or indentation, and including the appropriate punctuation within the quotation marks.

How do you format dialogue in Word?

Dialogue Format Rules

  1. Enclose the spoken words with double quotation marks.
  2. Dialogue tags (the he asked/she said portions) stay outside the quotes and get separated by a comma.
  3. Actions that occur before or after the dialogue go in a separate sentence.
  4. Punctuation goes inside the quotes.

Do you indent dialogue in MLA format?

Just as for prose, poetry block quotations (3+ lines) should begin on a new line. Unless the quotation involves unusual spacing, format it as you would prose: indent each line one-inch from margin and double-space the lines.