Writing Asn. #3 Dialog. Choose
either A or B.
The purpose of this assignment is to use correctly punctuated dialog to realistically advance the plot using the M.L.A. block formatting. That means to continue the story for at least an additional page of your writing, but not more than two pages. Please remember to use the block format where you don't indent, but leave a black line in between each paragraph. Please remember to start a new paragraph when you change speakers, or when the action changes from one character to the next. We have done this before. Click here to remember the activity we did in class. Paragraph Organization in Dialog Exercise. Sometimes you just have to see an example, and you have it in your Google Docs.
Notice how there are two spaces after an end mark, like a period or question mark, and one space after a comma. That is the M.L.A. format.
She thought it was the first time that she saw him on that
fateful day, but she was unsure at first. He
came over the hill in a huff and wearing a
so-ratty-it-must-have-been-your-father’s NYU sweatshirt, with stains equally
as old. She made brief eye contact,
but as he passed she regained her attention to her untied sneaker and the
thought of her appearance as realized she was midway through her run.
“I’m just stocking shelves. I’m just stocking shelves,” he repeated in a murmur audible to only to dogs or someone very close. He was tempted to just hum a song, but no titles or lyrics seemed to come to mind as he completed his mundane task as he did every day, six days a week, in the most boring town of Plainville, Massachusetts. “I’ve got to get out of here someday, “he paused, “but that day ain’t today.”
a series of noises two aisles down ended with the sound of breaking glass, he
found himself in a full sprint as he mechanically responded.
When he rounded the end cap of neatly stacked soup cans, the mess he saw
on the floor was in stark contrast to the extremely well-put-together woman
before him. Incredulously she
responded to his astonished face, “I didn’t…”
“What do you mean?”
“Hold on to your hat, buddy, they