“Why Not? Day 3 Write a Paragraph. Go Ahead,” by Joan Y. Edwards
This is Day 3 of the Why Not? series.
Wow! See you’ve got a bunch of sentences written now. You need to place sentences in logical order in a paragraph. In some cases, a paragraph may be only one sentence. Group your sentences about one topic together in one paragraph. The UNC Writing Center calls the topic the “controlling” idea. Paragraphs may be indented or have a line between them.
When you’re typing or using a computer to write your work, use double-spacing to leave room for you to review it and make notes for changes. Using one inch margins and double-spacing will put it in the right format for sharing with a critique group or critique partner. This is also the correct format to submit work to a publisher or agent.
Put one space between sentences. One space after a period, exclamation point, or question mark. They changed the rules from two spaces to one space as far back as 1989 and in 2010 The Chicago Manual of Style of the University of Chicago Press stated that one space be used between sentences.
All of what you put in a paragraph depends upon the point you want to make with your words. You have one sentence that explains the main idea you’re trying to get across to the reader. The other sentences in the paragraph are all related to and may lead up to proving the main idea or topic sentence.
There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
I think J.R.R. Tolkien’s words would make a great topic sentence for a paragraph. So would all the other quotes from novels listed by Piotr Kowalczyk. Here’s a paragraph I wrote with Tokien’s sentence first (The topic sentence or main sentence) and a sentence rewording that sentence at the end.
There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for. Children share their lunches. People help the homeless. Men and women adopt children. Teachers teach because they care, not because of the money.Many companies give you much more value than the money you pay them. Communities band together when there is a crisis and help each other. I believe our world is good and is definitely worth saving.
Fill your paragraphs with sentences to: explain, defend, persuade, elaborate, describe, show, tell, list ideas on the topic under discussion. Writing is formal or informal:
- Science Project
You can publish writing in: blogs, bulletins, newsletters, magazines, chapbooks, books, skits, plays, and screenplays.
Paragraphs may have dialogue.
If a paragraph has dialogue. The main thing I’ve learned is that you use the word “said” and not uttered, moaned, sobbed, etc. When you use fancy, off the wall words for said, it takes the reader out of the story. You don’t want to take the reader out of the story.
Jane said, “Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle.”
“Oh dear. Sally fell in the mud puddle,” said Jane.
“Oh dear,” said Jane. “Sally fell in the mud puddle.”
Writer’s Digest – Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing
You’ve got all these things in your life – family, friends, and good productive work (even if it’s not for pay) so go ahead and write. You’ve got what it takes. I believe in you. God believes in you. Believe in you. Go ahead write.
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Bamidele Onibalusi. Writers in Charge. “Websites That Pay:” https://www.writersincharge.com/more-websites-that-pay/#
- IELTSBuddy. “Good Paragraph Writing:” http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/paragraph-writing.html
- Joan Y. Edwards. “Accept Yourself As You Are:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/accept-yourself-as-you-are/
- Joan Y. Edwards. “Put One Space between Sentences:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/put-one-space-between-sentences/
- Joan Y. Edwards. “Put Quotation Marks after Periods, Commas, and Question Marks in America:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/put-quotation-marks-after-periods-commas-and-question-marks-in-america/“
- https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/ The Write Life.com. The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016:
- Owl.English.Purdue.Edu. “On Paragraphs:” https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/606/01/
- Piotr Kowalczyk | Ebook Friendly. “50 Most Inspirational Quotes from Books:”
- Richard Lederer. “Let’s Face It – English Is a Crazy Language” by Richard Lederer
- Writers and Artists.uk. “Websites for Writers:” https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/108/a-writers-toolkit/essential-information/websites-for-writers
- Writer’s Digest. “Famous Writing Quotes: Inspirational Author Quotes on Writing:”
- Writing Center.UNC.Edu. “Paragraphs:” http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/paragraphs/