How to Use a Paragraph

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Hello SErs! Harmony here 🙂 While today’s topic might, at first glance, seem basic and obvious, it has more to it than what shows on the surface.

For certain, when I wrote my first book, I didn’t think about paragraph structure or use at all. I just wrote. And then my learning curve began. In earnest.

What is the purpose of a paragraph?

Stephen King  ‘… would argue that the paragraph, not the sentence, is the basic unit of writing–the place where coherence begins and words stand a chance of becoming more than mere words.’

From ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King

  • Some paragraphs exist simply to denote a change of speaker in dialogue.
  • While others exist to introduce a scene, a character, or an issue.
  • A paragraph (by its length or brevity) can be used to slow a scene’s pace or speed it up.
  • Lots of white space, created with…

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