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Writing Challenge: Pretty Paragraphs

Welcome to this month's writing challenge! Anyone can join. You don't even have to be a member of MyEC. You just need a blog! 

This month we are going to review the importance of paragraphs. A paragraph is a single block of text. It typically focuses on one main idea. A good paragraph size for the web is 3-5 lines.  

Paragraphs are important to readers. They help readers follow a piece of text more easily. It is difficult to read a large amount of text that doesn't contain paragraphs. If your readers are English learners, they will be very thankful for your paragraphs.

Paragraphs aren't just for essays. You should use paragraphs when writing letters (e.g. email), stories,  and blog posts. Blog posts don't have to be long. They can be written in one or two paragraphs. Paragraphs (and even subtitles) are even more important in longer blog posts. You want your reader to read to the end, don't you? 

You don't have to indent your paragraph, but you should add a space after a paragraph. Spaces help readers stay focused. Poems and song lyrics have unit breaks called stanzas or verses

Now that we've reviewed some important things about paragraphs, let's get writing!

Your Task

1) Start a new blog post. Use the title: Writing Challenge: Pretty Paragraphs

2) Choose something in this world that you think is "pretty". The choice is entirely yours!

3) Write a blog post about this pretty thing (or person). Use 3-5 paragraphs. Your post doesn't have to be in an essay format with an introduction and conclusion. The important thing is readability. 

4) Share a link to your "pretty post" in the comments below. Be sure to check out other members' posts, too. 

My Example

Pretty Petunias

This year I planted petunias in my garden. I noticed last year that petunias are quite hardy. They bloom for most of the spring and summer, and they seem to grow in sun or shade. According to the Internet, petunias need about five hours of sun every day. I don't think my petunias get that much sun. 

The petunias I chose this year were white and purple. I have a white and yellow flower theme in my front yard, and a white and purple theme in my backyard. The white petunia in my window box planter has a single pink flower on it! I have no idea how that happened. 

My garden is prettier than usual because we had so much rain this spring. The petunias always look a little soggy after a rainstorm, but they bounce back quickly. The ones that are in hanging baskets are the happiest. 

There was a creature in my garden that was trying to kill my petunias last week. I never saw what it was. I sprinkled some hot chili flakes in with my petunias and haven't had a problem since. 

I think petunias are pretty, but I don't like their name. The word "petunia" reminds me of a pig. I think there was a pig named Petunia in the Looney Tunes cartoons. My mom used to make up names for flowers. She called bleeding hearts "droopin' lovers". Maybe I should think of a new name for my petunias. 


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Comment by TOONT on July 27, 2013 at 7:54

Dear Tara,

Please see one more writing challenge from me.

Please comment :)



Comment by Fahime on July 26, 2013 at 9:24

Dear Tara, it's a pretty challenge so I decided 2 join...

Do u wanna read my pretty paragraphs? So, here's mine:


Writing Challenge : Pretty Paragraphs # Pretty Babies :-D

Comment by Tara Benwell on July 17, 2013 at 15:32

Hi Suad, 

You can write the post on your own blog and share a link here. 



Comment by susu on July 15, 2013 at 23:11

hi Tara I would to participate but I dont know how . How should I send u my writing. I see links for everyone's blog . How should I do this .Iam eager to write and more eager to see ur correction. Kindly answer me my nice lady.

Comment by Robbie on July 11, 2013 at 16:06

Great to see a lot pretty writing challengers on this topic, TaraHere's my pretty story! : )

Comment by Ashwini krishnan on July 5, 2013 at 11:30

Dear Tara,

Kindly read Pretty and comment.

Thank you

Comment by Grace on July 4, 2013 at 14:27

Hello Tara, this is mine. Thank you. :)

Comment by Tara Benwell on July 3, 2013 at 15:01

There are so many excellent responses this month! Thank you all for participating. I hope you'll continue to use paragraphs in your blog posts. Your well-organized posts will inspire other bloggers to care about the format of their own posts. This will have a ripple effect

Who will be next?

Comment by arif saeed on July 2, 2013 at 18:35
Here is mine

Looking forward to seeing corrections
Comment by Mr. Bob on July 1, 2013 at 7:37

This was a very good lesson (proper paragraphs) for a challenge. I have read many of the entries and it is wonderful that so many people were interested in writing pretty paragraphs.

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