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The risk of misidentifying the speaker of subsequent paragraph parts is avoided by omiting the closing quotation mark from preceding parts to signify continuation, as demonstrated by the following answer: http://english.stackexchange.com/a/96613
As long as you can make the dialogues flow smoothly, I don't see any problem with dividing it into paragraphs. With that said, I would like to point out that it isn't always the best way to build up suspense, tension or drama in a piece of fiction. To make it easy to the eye and a lot less intimidating for the reader, make sure that the change in ...
I struggled with writing dialogue for a long time, it bothered me that I could never make it sound like real conversation. As I've previously written I don't like to solve problems by seeing how other's have resolved them i.e. by reading how other's approach dialogue My resolution was to realise that you don't need to make it sound like real conversation, ...
In English, a new paragraph begins, when the topic changes. The turn of each speaker in a dialog is perceived to be one topic, even if that turn is broken by pauses (and the description of the speaker's behavior during these pauses). A paragraph can have any length and span many pages. For better readability, long paragraphs can be broken into smaller ...
Long pieces of dialogue should be broken into paragraphs. This may happen, for example, when someone is giving a detailed account of an event. It is traditional to leave the inverted commas off the end if the same speaker continues (but still have them at the start to show it is speech).
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