Additional Tips

Additional tips on writing solid paragraphs.

Cohesion and Coherence

To be considered well written, a paragraph must be both cohesive and coherent. Cohesion has to do with ensuring that all the sentences in a paragraph are discussing the same topic. When you change the topic, you need to begin a new paragraph. Coherence has to do with the reader's understanding of the topic beings discussed.

When reading your manuscript during the editing process, listen for cohesion and coherence in your use of paragraphs.

Linking Paragraphs to Produce a Scene

Just as sentences are linked together to form paragraphs, multiple paragraphs can be linked to form a narrative or an essay. Paragraphs also serve as introduction, analysis and conclusion in larger constructs. See the last section on Essays for an example of linking multiple paragraphs into a cohesive whole.