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Phone Convos

Writing Tips Phone conversations where you show both sides of the conversation are fairly easy—you just handle them like regular dialog for the most part. But what about one-sided convos?

A convention I really like is to use an ellipsis to indicate the unheard speaker’s dialog.
For example:
“Hey, girl! It’s Anne. … Nothing much, what are you up to? … You wanna grab lunch at Catfish Charlie’s? … Okay, see ya then!”

In this case, you have full punctuation, but a space between each snippet of conversation (Dialog space ellipsis space dialog). It gives the reader a real sense of how the conversation is flowing, lessens confusion, and makes it easier for readers to follow the phone call.

Win / win / win.

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