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What’s a great way to create pauses between dialogue other than simply, “He paused,”?

Pauses in dialogue are shown by using an ellipse (…). In most circumstances, it will convey to the reader there was a pause in the dialogue:

“I don’t really … understand what you are saying.”

Likewise you can also use injected narrative in the dialogue by use of the EN-dash:

“I don’t really”­­–Peter stroked his chin for a second, staring at Margarete–“understand what you are saying.”

Understand that an EM-dash interjected in dialogue indicates an interruption. Grammar Girl shows many different versions of dialogue punctuation so spend some time on that site to learn more:

Understand that some styles of formal writing will dictate other rules, so decide on your style, learn it, and stick with it throughout your writing career.

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