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FreemindVisionary
10-11-2013, 02:31 PM
I know double dashes should be used when a characters speech gets interrupted, but how should their dialog resume after said interruption? Should I lead in with double dashes like ellipses? That's how the writer wrote it, but I wanted to double check. I know in Nates' Lettering grammar and tradition article, he mentions Double dashes and ellipses shouldn't be used interchangably.

Here's the script excerpt for reference:

VERMIS(raspy): AND NOW…ACCORDING TO THE SWORD’S RULES--

HUNTER(OP): “RULES?”

VERMIS(raspy): --I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!

Tanja
10-11-2013, 05:17 PM
Two sources that seem to support how you've already written it for your script: one specific to comic scripts, the second for writing in general and shows how it should be done for an interrupted and then resumed dialogue.

http://www.blambot.com/grammar.shtml
DOUBLE DASH
There is no Em or En dash in comics. It's always a double dash and it's only used when a character's speech is interrupted. The double dash and the ellipsis are not interchangeable, even though many writers use them interchangeably.

Dialogue abruptly cut off by another speaker
When a second speaker interrupts the first, use the em dash where the first speaker’s words are interrupted and again where they resume.

“He loved you—”

“As if I could believe that.”

“—for such a long, long time.”
From here: http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/

Hope that helps! :)

- t