In order to write a paragraph, you have to follow a couple basic rules. These will help you write an organized, easy to read piece that your writer can enjoy without trying to figure out what you’re saying or what is supposed to be where.
First, there are the basics like always indenting your first line when you start a new paragraph. This helps you organize the ideas and let’s your reader know when a new topic or idea is going to begin. Imagine if there were no indents and you just kept reading and reading until it was done. Paragraphs tell readers when to take a little break and process what they just read. If you use dialogue, which means using quotation marks to tell when someone is speaking, always start a new paragraph every time someone new begins speaking.
"I didn’t know that," I said.
"Yes," he said, "you always start a new paragraph when someone else starts talking."
Second, using transitions can help you keep things in order and signal to your readers that you’re moving on to something else. Words like first, second, then, after that, and finally are all transitions. Phrases that set the scene can also work as transitions to a new idea, time, or place. You might use something like, "When summer began," or, "After he had exhausted all his options," to begin a new paragraph.
Basic rules like indenting and using transitions are essential to writing a good paragraph. You’ll also need to learn to use topic sentences and concluding sentences and make sure your details relate to the main idea.
Time4Writing provides practice in this area. Try a sample resource from our Elementary Paragraphs course or browse other related courses.