Friday, March 1, 2013
It's a matter of emphasis.
The word you end a paragraph on is the POWER word, and it'll pay off to find the type of word that affects readers of your type of book.
Not great example: Readers of mysteries are interested, natch, in mystery and puzzles and thought and deception. So instead of:
He was lying to her again.
What's the power word for mystery readers? Not "again." Not "her".
He was doing it again. Telling her another lie.
Actually, I might try to make that last a bit longer so that the power word arrives on some momentum. Maybe:
He was doing it again. Once again, he was telling her a lie.
The emphasis is always going to be at the end, isn't it? The final thought.
I probably wouldn't do that with every paragraph. But at the end of a scene?
What would you say are the things that would interest readers of your type of book? What words might be associated with that (just samples)?