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Rules for paragraphs and direct speech

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Initial post: 22 Jun 2013 10:42:24 BDT
Ellis says:
Simply put, which form is correct:
Speaker said, "bla bla bla."
Speaker said,
"bla bla bla." (i.e. start a new line/paragraph)
In shorter paragraphs, the first option looks neater, but in longer paragraphs the second option appears clearer. Is there a rule or is it simply a case of being consistent? I've looked through many published classics and there's little consistency to be found. Any standard guidelines offered? Thanks.
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