Hello Jeffrey,
Charlotte Franklin

Morning, Charlotte!

Yes, graph is short for paragraph. Notice how, in a hard news story, the writer pulls in (or tries to) the five Ws (who, what, when, why, where). So, in a nonfiction piece, you might want to experiment with that rule, but don’t follow it religiously. In fact, break it when needed. Your story may demand a totally different approach. The key is to have your lead graph act as a “hook” (think of a fish hook) that makes your reader want to follow your thoughts.

I look forward to seeing more of you!

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