The Em Dash
By Adam Huddleston
This week, I wanted to provide a quick reminder on how to appropriately use the em dash when writing dialogue. The em dash is typically utilized when spoken dialogue is interrupted. It can be used inside the quotation marks or outside, depending upon the circumstances.
For example, when dialogue interrupts dialogue:
“I don’t know what you’re talking-“
“Of course, you know what I’m talking about!”
For an example when action interrupts dialogue:
“I’ve had this truck for over ten years”-he ran his hand along the hood”-and I don’t plan on selling it now.”
I hope this helps in your writing!