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I've seen a lot of mistakes/errors in writing here on Movellas, and I know movellas like this have been created, but I thought that I'd make one to help. Basically, I will just post different tips to help you improve your writing! Enjoy and please let me know if you feel differently about something or if you have a question.

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2. LiningandSpacingDoMatter

Wondering what I mean by "LiningandSpacingDoMatter"? It's an easy concept- you'll understand in a second. Have you ever been reading a book on Movellas and found one giant paragraph? Like, only one big paragraph in the entire chapter. Do you remember what you were thinking?

Gosh, this is so hard to read.

I keep losing my place and reading the wrong line!

How am I supposed to know who is talking? All of the dialogue is in the same paragraph!

(This is along the lines of what goes through my head.)

So, as will probably be a custom in this Tips movellas, I'll give you guys a sample paragraph to explain what I mean. (Usually what I say doesn't make sense until there's an example.)

Here it is:

"Wow, this is a great steak!" my sister, Melanie exclaimed, lifting her fork and nodding at my mother. "Thank you, Melanie." I looked at my lap angrily, refusing to take part in their stupid conversation. All they did was compliment each other! I finally lifted my head. "I'm leaving." "No! You can't leave!" Melanie argued, her voice raising to a higher pitch. "Please don't go, honey. You'll miss the chocolate ice cream!" My mother looked upset. I only laughed and scooted my chair out. It made a hideous whining noise as it clashed with the hardwood floor. I dropped my napkin on the table and jogged out of the dining room, past all of the waiters who looked at me strangely. As I ran, I let out my ponytail, the bobby pins leaving a trail in my wake. I shook my head so that my hair could flow free. I paused for a moment to take off my ridiculous heels that my mother had made me wear. And finally as I made it out into the dark night that was beyond the doors of the prestigious restaurant, I felt free. *3 hours later* I was now at Joshua's house. "You want to take a walk or something?" he asked. "Sure." he smiled and we departed into the night.

 

Was it just me, or was that kind of hard to understand? I think it was. It was also kind of boring to read. My brain naturally accidentally skips some lines, and I've heard that it's not just me. How can we make this better? Thank you for asking! We can add lines! This is the part that gets me excited.

Here is what it should be:

 

"Wow, this is a great steak!" my sister, Melanie exclaimed, lifting her fork and nodding at my mother.

"Thank you, Melanie."

I looked at my lap angrily, refusing to take part in their stupid conversation. All they did was compliment each other!

I finally lifted my head. "I'm leaving."

"No! You can't leave!" Melanie argued, her voice raising to a higher pitch.

"Please don't go, honey. You'll miss the chocolate ice cream!" My mother looked upset. 

I only laughed and scooted my chair out. It made a hideous whining noise as it clashed with the hardwood floor. I dropped my napkin on the table and jogged out of the dining room, past all of the waiters who looked at me strangely. As I ran, I let out my ponytail, the bobby pins leaving a trail in my wake. I shook my head so that my hair could flow free. I paused for a moment to take off my ridiculous heels that my mother had made me wear. And finally as I made it out into the dark night that was beyond the doors of the prestigious restaurant, I felt free.

*3 hours later*

I was now at Joshua's house.

"You want to take a walk or something?" he asked.

"Sure."

He smiled and we departed into the night.

 

Is that better? I think it is. The rules that I have learned in my years of being a human and living on this planet about spacing/having lines are:

1. when a different person speaks, it should be on a new line.

2. when you start to describe a different situation or have a new idea, make it a new line!

ex:

What should I do? Both Joshua and Peter are perfect. They both make me feel like the only girl in the world. They're both absolutely wonderful, caring, thoughtful and considerate. And the worst part? I love them both. Joshua and I work spectacularly together, and sparks fly when we're together. When I'm with Peter, though, I feel safe. In his presence, I always feel like nothing bad could ever happen. We cuddle and watch movies and it's cozy and cute. What do I do?

My mother brings in the tray of tea, her hands shaking slightly.I smile up at her while she sets it on the coffee table. She sits down on the couch next to me, and I start off the conversation.

Does that make sense? Hopefully it does! :)

 

To conclude this chapter, rule Number Two is:

2. if you see that you're writing a big paragraph with no new lines, you need to add lines because lines and spacing do matter.

-Cali

P.S. if you have something to add, a question, a comment, a concern, or anything, please let me know! Thank you!

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