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Paragraphing in First Draft
Friday, March 10, 2017

Paragraphing in writing is the process of separating a large chunk of text into easily readable sections. With First Draft's content generation, paragraphing is not only automatic; it's customizable. Starting with version 4.5.8.14, writers can insert specific types of paragraphs into an existing article with just a single click. This gives writers more opportunities to control the direction of the material that they're developing whether it's a scientific research paper or a short skit or play. Here's how.

The Insert Article Part Menu

It all starts with the Insert Article Part menu located in the lower right-hand portion of First Draft. This menu presents 28 different types of paragraphs, which when clicked, are inserted into the Edit area for further editing. If, for example, you're writing a fictional story, and you'd like some more character conversation, you can select the Dialogue option to insert a few additional lines of speech. If you need another scene as well, you can select the Fictional option for an entirely new (but relatable) story event.


The types of available paragraph sections include some of the same types of content generation: critical, explanatory, fictional, historical, instructional, persuasive, and research. The types of single paragraphs available include comparison, definition, description, exposition (expository), narration, process, and persuasion. So First Draft's paragraphing will work for all types of writing and provide the appropriate type of paragraph unity you need to competently flesh out any idea.

Complementary Article Parts

Aside from the paragraphing options in the Insert Article Part menu, additional material is available in First Draft's Other Part menu (located under the Insert Article Part menu). From the Other Part menu, writers can insert lists, charts, math formulas, maps, and 17 miscellaneous types of information including:

  • a call-to-action
  • an example
  • a prediction
  • a statistic
  • a question (and answer)
  • a step (tip)
  • a warning
  • and more

These small bits contribute to full paragraph development. Of course, to make sure each paragraph flows to the next, don't forget to use First Draft's Transition Menu when needed. First Draft's Transition menu presents a list of commonly used transitions that, when selected, signal a number of things such as what has been covered and what's coming up next.

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