Nonstopparagraphing

Once popular in fanzines, now seldom seen; instead of indenting five spaces for each paragraph, the first paragraph begins flush left, the following paragraph begins one line down and two spaces past the last character in the last line of the preceding paragraph.

Contributors: Dr. Gafia

from Fancyclopedia 2
(Ackerman) Paragraphing in which no line is skipped
between paragraphs, and the new paragraph is indented the
length of the last line of the preceding paragraph. That
sounds complicated but isn't.
When the typist reaches the end of a paragraph he drops down a line, maybe hits the space bar a time or two, and then goes on writing, as is done here.
# If the paragraph happens to end flush with the right-hand margin, as ours did, Speer recommends use of a # mark (typewriterese for ΒΆ) to create a new fractional line.

Ackerman skips a line and indents five spaces as with the beginning of conventional paragraphing. The system flourished mightily in Third Fandom and was somewhat popular until computers replaced mechanical typers.

Comment from Ned - 9/1/08 10:13 AM

I did nonstopparagraphing for years when cutting mimeo stencils on a typewriter - it's quite natural there. I could do it fairly easily in the long-obsolete computer typesetter I still use - perhaps I will…. FancyFont allows the position along a line to be remembered for reuse, so that with the addition of "\m1" at the end of a paragraph, and then "\hm1" at the beginning of the new paragraph, the exact same effect would be achieved.

See also Fancyclopedia 1's entry on Nonstoparagrafing.