The Serpent in Para(graph)dise

One of the sneakiest intruders into early attempts at writing fiction is the errant agent or actor that slithers into paragraphs and renders them unfocused. These wayward bits of information often appear in paragraphs that depict a sequence of actions—a sequence paragraph. Something about writing a sequence, a this/then this/then that, seduces many into a …

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Paragraphs Are People Too

The Importance of Paragraph Focus Novice fiction writers, caught in creativity’s thrall, have a tendency to throw off the yokes of the writing rules laid down by fifth and sixth-grade teachers. I know I did. Creative writing is, after all, creative, original, imaginative, and, as beginning fiction writers like to say, fun. Principles need not …

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