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Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 3:43 pm
by Oldtimer
Why isn't the first paragraph of a chapter indented? I see from my Charles Dickens collection (inherited from my Father) that this is an old practice. I just wondered when it came about and what purpose it served.

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 4:00 pm
by pls

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 10:53 pm
by James A. Ritchie
It's just a matter of publisher's style. Often they are indented, but have a huge first letter that makes it appear they aren't.

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:40 pm
by DrG2
I have seen people state that first paragraphs shouldn't be indented in manuscripts, but that's not what I've been taught.

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 7:19 am
by roda havet
I was taught that every paragraph should be indented. :)

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 9:46 am
by pls
And NEVER use tabs for indents.

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:31 pm
by DrG2

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:52 pm
by pls

Re: Indenting paragraphs

PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 4:25 pm
by Loren Killdeer
Using tabs are really unconfortable. And I honestly though you could arrange the indents on the mockup processor. I mean, as a work of desing.
Really interesting question anyway, and I remember that all my novels have indents, like I was told at school!