Do you start a new paragraph for internal dialogue?
In a story, a writer will often start a new line for each character’s dialogue. For a lengthy internal monologue or longer stream of consciousness thoughts, start a new paragraph. This is a visual cue that we’re no longer in the external world but in the character’s head.
How do you address internal dialogue?
Example: “I lied,” Charles thought, “but maybe she will forgive me.” Notice that quotation marks and other punctuation are used as if the character had spoken aloud. You may also use italics without quotation marks for direct internal dialogue. Example: I lied, Charles thought, but maybe she will forgive me.
How much internal dialogue is normal?
The average frequency of inner speaking across those who took part in the research, at 23%, masks a huge range: from 100% – i.e. for some people, every time they were sampled they had some kind of internal monologue or inner conversation going on – to 0% – i.e. some people were never speaking to themselves internally.
What are the features of a dialogue?
Good dialogue…Reveals character and plot in every line. This is rule #1. Doesn’t rely on itself as a crutch. Distinguishes each character. Isn’t redundant. Is appropriate to tone, setting, and time period. Doesn’t try to be real conversation. Avoids hedges and fences. Minimizes direct exposition.