Putting the Story on the Road: The Profluent Expository Paragraph

  The most effective way to understand the profluent expository paragraph is to contrast it to the simple expository paragraph. The simple expository paragraph presents information that raises story expectations but does not initiate story momentum. It’s like a fish bowl filled with fish. Though it may contain action, its action does not trigger reactions …

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Superstar Paragraphs: the simple expository and the simple action

Thanks to a host of sentence enthusiasts—my favorites: John Gardner, Virginia Tufte, Stanly Fish and Constance Hale—the syntax unsavy can learn to structure simple, complex, compound, periodic, forward-leaning, subordinating, additive and other sentence forms. Good prose and best-selling fiction cannot be created without them. Good paragraphs, like good sentences, also have identifiable forms and functions. …

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