Saw another interesting discussion in a blog (How Pauses in Dialogue Help).
How do each of you handle pauses in speech, or are you even aware of it? If you're readers, what's the difference between the length of a comma and an en-dash?
For me, I've discovered that many newbie authors (myself included) tend to include too many commas. Their generally placed correctly, but in long sentences, they register as too many pauses in the speech, and annoy me the same way too long of a pause can.
Ellipsis are pretty clear as an elongated, awkward pause in speech, but the other punctuation pauses aren't clearly defined. However, other authors mentioned using attributions as pauses, interjecting a simple, "she said" as a significant pause in dialogue. I tend to prefer the indirect 'action attribution' ("It's like ..." She turned and picked up a stalk of celery, dipping it in the sauce before continuing. "We just don't listen to one another.")