Subtle but important information about paragraphs from Harmony Kent today on Story Empire.
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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