no identing for first paragraph for novel

Why is the first paragraph in a novel not indented when the others are? In school, I was taught and I believe every student is taught to indent the first and subsequent paragraphs.

Many thanks.

In printing, they will often do something “fancy” with the first paragraph, first line, or first letter. Sometimes the first word will start with a giant version of the first letter. Sometimes, they won’t indent the first paragraph. It’s just a matter of making it look nice.


I would say indention is mainly used in correspondence.

Novels employ (use) a bit of poetic license ; )