dialogue that spans multiple paragraphs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Max_author_to_be, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Max_author_to_be Member

    English - Australian
    I would like to know what the general consensus is on how to punctuate dialogue by the same character, that spans a paragraph break (without a beat), like this:

    "...here is someone talking."
    "now here they continue talking..."

    Are there different acceptable approaches? I have been told to omit the closing quotation mark on the first paragraph, but my google search hasn't confirmed if that's the best advice. I want this for fiction writing.
  2. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    That's what I would expect, Max: omission of the closing inverted commas at the end of all paragraphs except the one that ends the speaker's 'turn'.
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    This is the method specified in the style book used by the American newspaper industry.
  4. Oeco

    Oeco Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    English - US
    The style in the US at least is give opening quotation marks for the first paragraph and each succeeding paragraph and closing quotation marks on the final paragraph of the quotation. If it is a long quote, it's more readable to render it as a block quotation without quotation marks.
  5. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    When quoted dialogue carries from one paragraph to another (and to another and another), the closing quotation mark does not appear until the quoted language finally ends (although there is a beginning quotation mark at the start of each new quoted paragraph to remind the reader that this is quoted language).
    Capital Community College Foundation (AE)

    Quotation marks are used--
    8.130. At the beginning of each paragraph of a quotation, but at the end of
    the last paragraph only.
    Government Printing Office Style Manual (AE)
  6. Max_author_to_be Member

    English - Australian
    Excellent, thanks!

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