When writing a story, it is wise to use conversation in it to make it more interesting. Here are some rules to follow so that you will know how to put conversation in your stories.
There should be a new paragraph for each speaker who speaks. You place a quotation before the conversation and a quotation mark after the conversation. Here is an example:
“What did you have for breakfast?” asked Lillian.
Notice that the question mark came before the quotation. The quotation at the end of a sentence should always follow a period, a question mark or an exclamation mark, or a comma. Think of a quotation in a conversation as a frame. It comes before the first word and the last punctuation in the sentence.
Each conversation should start with a capital letter. Take a look at the following conversation between two people to see how a conversation is written
“When are you graduating?” asked Judith. “I want to go to your graduation if I’m able to go.”
“I’m graduating next month,” Jeanie answered. “You’re graduating next year, aren’t you?” she asked.
In this conversation, how many people are speaking? Is there a new paragraph for each speaker? Did you notice that the exact words of a speaker are in quotes? How does the first word of each quotation begin? Why does a quotation mark follow the question? Let’s see if you can make a conversation with two people who are excited over something. Make sure you put an exclamation mark after their conversations and a quotation after the exclamation mark.
Now let’s see if you can make up a conversation between two people. Try making five paragraphs of conversation using question marks, periods, and exclamation marks in you conversation.
When you have finished, check your paper. Did you use paragraphs correctly? Did you use quotation marks and punctuation marks, and punctuation correctly? Did you use capital letters correctly? Go over the above conversation when you want to see if you are correct or not. If you want to be certain that you understand this lesson, ask your teacher to go over this with you.
Source: My own experience with students