But what I want to know is this stuff about dialogue indenting. Have I been missing something? You're telling me, all these years I have been making of myself a putz, where I thought dialogue was like everything else, which you indented it five lousy spaces already and then just kept typing, a paragraph's a paragraph and never mind it's got some frail talking, her dress is torn, her makeup's smudged, she's standing in the doorway but behind her in the warm spill of light from the bankers' lamp on the desk it's a dead body geshlumpt, you want to read on buy a copy of When Rabbis Go Wrong out any day now when I get round to working out how to, excuse me for living, indent the dialogue.
So tell me. Don't spare.
@michaelbywater Wow. I have always, since my first tentative keystrokes, used the Tab key to indent dialogue, as one key press is faster than five. Nobody, in the long line of people involved in transforming my schlumpy drafts into published books, has berated me for doing so, or taken me aside to say, 'listen old chap, this is a bit embarrassing, but about these tabs you insist on using...' But please - and I mean this most sincerely - please tell me if I am doing it wrong. I could see that in Markdown you would have to use the five space workaround as my experience of it (and yet again I may be guilty of syntactic abuse) is that an indent will indent the whole paragraph, not just the first line.