How do I know when to start a new paragraph when I am writing a short story or essay?
A paragraph generally contains a single idea. Details of that idea, event, topic, etc. are contained within that paragraph. For readability, you want to be sure your paragraph doesn't go on for too long. A common error made by writers is to have paragraphs that are too long because the writer thinks that since the entire paper is about the same subject, it should remain within the same paragraph! Don't do this! A paper, a story or an essay may be the same SUBJECT, but a paragraph is generally a smaller idea or event or topic OF that subject. Another easy way to remember to start a new paragraph is when you might pause within a conversation. The conversation might be about the same subject, but the idea shifts. This is the beginning of a new paragraph.
I'm trying to learn how to 'keep the beat' but I'm having trouble. Are there any tips to help me?
Yes! Try downloading a free metronome app on your smartphone or mobile device and select the tempo that the score indicates. You can also try old fashioned methods of tapping you foot, your knee, or gently rocking as you practice your music until you are able to internalize the beat.
What is the difference between a noun and a verb?
A noun is a person, place or thing. A verb is an action. For example, in the following sentence, "Jack runs." Jack is the noun (a person) and runs is the verb (an action).