Recipe for Writing a Paragraph
1 topic sentence
1 main idea
Handful of supporting details
2-4 sentence variations
Pinch of adjectives and adverbs
1 closing sentence
- Prepare a topic sentence that introduces the main idea.
- In a medium-size paragraph, combine main idea and supporting details into 5-7 sentences.
- As flavors begin to develop, drain off excess “to be” verbs such as is, am, are, was, and were before stirring in a generous helping of active verbs and strong nouns. Replace several subject-verb sentence starters with more interesting sentence variations.
- Arrange sentences neatly on a bed of lined paper, moving sentences and words around to achieve the desired effect.
- Garnish the paragraph with just enough adjectives and adverbs to add flavor and color.
- Wrap up the paragraph with a satisfying closing sentence.
- Misspellings and incorrect punctuation will add bitterness, so sweeten the paragraph by making necessary adjustments.
- Sample the composition. If it’s too thick, remove excess words or phrases. Substitute spicier words for repeated or flavorless ones. If the paragraph lacks seasoning, pepper it with a few more vivid words to taste.
- Serve it to several hungry readers and adjust the arrangement or ingredients as per their suggestions.
Copyright © 2010 by Kim Kautzer. All rights reserved.
If this recipe is to your liking, you might also enjoy A Recipe for Writing Fiction by Beth Bernobich.