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Three-times if you mustbegin a new paragraph
To know when to begin a new paragraph in a novel or brief narrative should be a straightforward thing, but for many authors - especially for beginners - it's anything but that. As with most aspect of the letter when it comes to clauses, there are regulations, and then there are interpretation of the regulations. In order to keep things straightforward, we begin with a few grounding principles and then look at how to expand, flex or fracture them at will.
If you' re starting a new topic: In the same way that you do not want follow-on phrases - phrases that combine two separated thoughts - you do not want follow-on phrases either. So, if you have a paragraph that stages the outward appearance of an uncanny spookhouse, you should not interfere in a depiction of the protagonist's fear of whether he should take the invitation to be indoors.
You can use your first paragraph to identify the home and a second paragraph to identify the emotions of your prop. If you' re changing your place or time: When you jump forward or backward in history or move from one place to another, you begin a new paragraph. To return to our ghost townhouse example when the promotion begins outside the building, begin a new paragraph as soon as the promotion is indoors.
As an alternative, if you move from the current moment's protagonist's experiences to an event in his past when he was facing a similar kind of challenges, start a new paragraph. If it is about dialog, only one orator per paragraph. In the ideal case, you won't let your character be swatted by the heels of the continuous page-by-pag.
In order to make it easy for the readers, it is a good notion to interrupt longer talks with actions. It is sometimes a good way to start a new paragraph or leave a phrase alone to highlight an important point, get a smile or otherwise keep track of the speed of the story to your benefit.