Would I make a new paragraph?

by Anonymous
(USA)

Question: If I am being a narrator for 1 character, would I make a new paragraph if I have another character talk? Or not?


Answer: If you are writing direct dialogue (dialogue that quotes the characters' words directly, most likely using quotation marks), then the custom is to start a new paragraph each time you change speakers.

That is true regardless if you are using an omniscient narrator or writing from the perspective of just one of the characters (in either first or third person).

The purpose is to make sure readers know that a new character is speaking, so they don't get confused.

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