Chapter 8: “How to Craft a Solid Paragraph”

“If you ever write a paragraph that takes the scenic route, diddling here, musing there, and it goes on for longer than a page, this is a sign to you. My counsel will be exactly the same if you have produced a confused nub of a paragraph, too short at three or four lines. These two structural gaffes are flip sides of the same coin, and they require the same fix. This is because they originate in the same problem. It’s not that the assignment is wobbly or the professor difficult. It’s only that you haven’t set the paragraph up right.”