# Spacing between paragraphs and lists

Good morning, everybody. I'm really going crazy to get a correct code to reproduce what you see in the picture (made with Word). Can someone help me? Thank you.

• Welcome to TeX.SE. Jun 24, 2020 at 11:45
• There are several packages that are intended to make it easy to produce drama scripts, see ctan.org/topic/drama-script. Jun 24, 2020 at 13:09
• See for example tex.stackexchange.com/questions/529109/… and tex.stackexchange.com/questions/529286/… for the dramatist package - which is however quite simple and a bit old, you may have better results with one of the other packages from the page linked above. Jun 24, 2020 at 13:12
• I'd seen and tried those packages before, but they weren't right for me. Each one of them has so many features that I don't need. I would like to reproduce the layout I posted, without using specially created packages. Jun 24, 2020 at 14:20
• Good morning. I'm interested in this command-character code. You can simplify it by removing linewidth parameter? \newcommand\character[1]\par\everypar{\hangindent=0.3\linewidth\hangafter=1}\parskip=0.667\baselineskip plus 2pt\large\makebox[0.3\linewidth][r]{\MakeTextUppercase{\1}:\hskip0.1\linewidth }}. Jun 25, 2020 at 13:44

Here I use a list making environment, so that it will break nicely at page boundaries, unlike approaches that use, for example, tabular environments.

The optional argument to mylist is the indent width (default 1in).

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{enumitem,lipsum}
%\usepackage[pass,showframe]{geometry}
\let\svitem\item
\newenvironment{mylist}[1][1in]
{%
\def\mylistindent{#1}%
\renewcommand\item[1][---]{\svitem[{\makebox[\mylistindent][l]{##1}}]}
\begin{description}[leftmargin=\mylistindent,labelsep=0pt]%
}{%
\end{description}%
}
\begin{document}
\begin{mylist}[.8in]
\item[JIM]\lipsum[4]
\item[ROBBIE]\lipsum[2]
\end{mylist}
\end{document}


• Thank you, Steven. But if I enter a longer name, for example "MANZAREK" the character name invades the line text. Jun 24, 2020 at 14:35
• @masfur That is what the optional argument is for...make the value as big as needed for the particular list you are constructing. Also, you can change the default 1in value, as well. Jun 24, 2020 at 15:33
• Very good, Steven. Now I try! Thanks! Jun 24, 2020 at 16:18

Unfortunately you did not give the faintest information what you tried and what exactly you want. So, here is just a wild guess at what could be a possible solution.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\begin{document}
\noindent Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua.

\bigskip

\begin{tabular}{lp{0.7\textwidth}}
JIM         & Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. \\
ROBBIE      & Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. \\
MANZAREK    & Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. \\
JOHN        & Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. \\
\end{tabular}

\bigskip

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua.
\end{document}


Next time, I would recommend you provide a working minimal example and a clear statement of what you want to achieve and where the problems lie.

• You're right. I've been reading so many Latex tutorials and now I'm really confused. I'm a drama writer and I've always written my own scripts with Word, without getting what I want well. I think using Latex can achieve my goal. Jun 24, 2020 at 12:36
• I followed the instructions of this post First I was excited, but then I saw that the code is too difficult! Jun 24, 2020 at 12:40