Developing Paragraphs from Incremental Writing Notes 1. Start with a question you want to answer, or a key idea, or a key statement. 2. Don’t get too far from the text—refer to the text and quote when necessary. 3. Make associations: connect with other ideas in the story. 4. Every once in a while, take stock of what you have written—make evaluations. 5. If a better idea occurs to you, start another paragraph. Key idea: It occurs to the mind that Mrs. Mallard is like a prisoner. The phrase “prisoner of the heart” springs to mind. Put into a statement that sounds like a thesis, we get Mrs. Mallard is a prisoner of the heart. Reasoning: --she has actual heart disease --she has to be “taken care of” --their method of taking care of her is “smothering” her Using inference: Imagine what it is like for Mrs. Mallard—what does it mean, in her case, to be taken care of? --refer to paragraph 14 in the story, and any other reference you can find, and write a paragraph exploring your inference.