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If you indent paragraphs, every paragraph gets indented, period. It doesn't matter if that paragraph is a single word of dialogue, a page-long rant, or four pages of stream-of-consciousness. So:     "Hello."     "Hi."     They were sitting on the bench, feet naked against the ground, ...


I have read good novels without dialogue, and most with. As one poster said, writing about past events makes dialogue seem stilted. I agree. So, it's not necessary, there is none in 1984 as far as I remember, but dialogue is fun and essential in many novels. Don't worry about padding. That's for the editing stage.

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