The Serpent in Para(graph)dise

The Unfocused Sequence Paragraph Below is an example of perhaps the sneakiest paragraph to appear in a writer’s first attempts at fiction, the unfocused sequence paragraph. Stars paled as the gray of night gave way to an eastern glow. In this pre-dawn stillness, before the desert went about its unpredictable but usually deadly business of …

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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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