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When to Start a New Paragraph

hi riders let's talk a little bit today

about when do riders start a new

paragraph it's a question that a lot of

people ask and the answer is both simple

and complex rolled into one the answer

to win do riders start a new paragraph

is whenever there's a change I like to

think of paragraphs as kind of like

rooms to a story and just like there's

rooms in a house that are for different

reasons like in the kitchen we make

dinner and then we go to the dining room

to eat dinner there's a change the same

is true in our stories let me teach you

three things to look for to notice if

there's a change and that's when you

would start a new paragraph whenever

there's a new scene in your story

there's a new paragraph so after your

beginning you'd start a new paragraph

and before your ending you'd start a new

paragraph

here's a plan from fourth grader Lucas

about when he became friends with

William and Grady as you can see he's

thought through the different parts or

the different scenes of his story

after each scene there would become a

new paragraph

another time writers start new

paragraphs is when there's a new speaker

pay attention to your conversations

because when there's a new speaker

there's a new paragraph right now my

family and I are reading circus

Miranda's by Cassie Beasley let's take a

look at what she does to see how to make

new paragraphs as you can see here when

she changes speakers she starts a new

paragraph here Aunt Gertrude is speaking

new paragraph and Myka speaks new

paragraph because aunt gratuitous beaks

and another new paragraph because Myka

speaks in your writing each time there's

a new speaker there's a new paragraph

another time that writers start a new

paragraph is when they want to show a

change in time so if you go to bed and

you wake up the next morning there'd be

a new paragraph or if it's after

breakfast and then in then it goes to

the next afternoon there'd be a change

in paragraph paragraphs help us see a

shift in time okay writer is something

that I think is really important to

understand is that writers use

paragraphs in all parts of the writing

process this isn't something that we say

for editing now if you're getting ready

to publish and you realize that your

writing doesn't have any paragraphs then

by all means you're going to add it add

paragraphs during the editing stage but

don't feel like that like you have to

wait to start using paragraphs until

your editing I use paragraphs in all

parts of the writing process when I'm

collecting in my notebook I'm writing in

paragraphs and when I write my best

first draft I use paragraphs sometimes I

revise using paragraphs to make my

writing sound the way that I want it to

sound so remember you can use paragraphs

as a writer all the time and the reason

why writers use paragraphs is to show a

change in the writing happy writing

everyone