Every paragraph flush with the margin, white space between each paragraph? If it does, you're doing layout wrong - and missing a whole bagful of tricks to add to your repertoire. Now go to your bookshelf, pull out any novel, and flip through it. What does it look like?
Sections vs paragraphsYou have more levels of organisation than you thought: chapters, sections, and paragraphs.
- Sections are flush with the margin (not indented) and have white space above.
- Paragraphs are indented, with no white space above.
Take another look:
The left-hand page starts with a paragraph (continuing from the page before.) A third of the way down, that section ends. White space. The next line starts flush with the margin. Then we have lots of indented bits, because there's quite a bit of dialogue (more on that in a moment). This continues onto the right-hand page. About half way down the right-hand page, the section ends. White space. The next line starts flush with the margin.
“He fancies you,” Terry said later, as they made their unsteady way to the pub loos. “He always talks like that to girls he fancies.”
“Well, he can fancy away. I’m not available.”
“The guy in Cape Town, still? The ‘not-hippy’? What about a bird in the hand?” said Terry.
Claire shook her head.
“Are you writing to each other now?”
“Sort of…” She was reluctant to tell even Terry about the webcam, and the regular envelopes of sketches that now almost covered her wall.
So: a few simple rules, a magic bag of tricks, and here's a Word template for you, with the styles & formatting all set up and handy shortcut keys, and your headers and footers already sorted. Pop it in with your other templates, or if you don't know how to do that, just open it and then say "save as" and choose the option of "template" instead of "document".