direct speech and dialogue

Ko
Kopernikus
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Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:16 pm Post

Hi,

i was just starting a novel with the "Novel (with parts)" template. When I start a new paragraph, the text is inserted but I'm not sure if that's correct when uisng direct speech.

Example:
--------->The new book she bought some days later was really nice, but
after 100 pages now it was getting more und more boring.
--------->"Hey, what are you reading?", he asked.
--------->She didn't notice that he had entered the room, sometimes he
was as quiet as a cat.

After the direct speed, the paragraph looks not very nice, does it? Do you have any idea how to use a better format?

Best
-Nick

ta
talktidy
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:39 am Post

Personally I never bother with the templates Scrivener offers, I just use the basic blank project and then configure the set up to please myself. I can't stand indents and I like a gap between the next line of my text at the end of a paragraph. I tidy it up once I compile to a word document.

However, you can adjust the appearance by clicking on tools>options> and then selecting the editor and experimenting how you want your text to display.

[Forgive me, you did not ask for assistance on this and I am sure it is probably a typo, but the pedant in me won't let go. You have a superfluous comma after the question mark following "reading" - just in case you weren't aware. Madam pedant will leave you now.]

Ko
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Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:41 am Post

Thank you.

The dialogue was just written very quickly for this thread since I don't write my novel in English. ;) And you don't have to excuse for that. :D