The Paragraph Rules, for it is here your story lives or dies.
Your story is a succession of scenes/sequels composed of paragraphs. In a paragraph, every sentence should relate directly to the topic of the paragraph, or it should be eliminated.
Start a new paragraph whenever:
- a new person is speaking
- a new character comes along
- a new event happens
- a new idea is introduced
- the setting changes
- time moves forward, or backward.
When proofreading your work, check the end of each paragraph to make sure the flow between them is smooth.
Take several pages of your current draft and read them aloud. Then, edit them by paragraph for unity and flow. Read the new version aloud. To me, it is this step above all that makes your writing sound “professional.”
What do you think? Did it take your work to a higher level?