paragraph indents are reversed

is there a way to set up standard paragraph indent/layout for a project?
i want each paragraph to start at the tab, with the successive lines aligned with the left margin.
i have each paragraph starting at the left margin with the successive lines starting at the tab – that is the opposite of what i want. and, i don’t know why it is doing this!
after several frustrating hours of trying to sort it out, i am wondering if my NaNo efforts should be abandoned for WORD…(yuk!)

thanks for help.

You set up the default paragraph formatting via Preferences > Text Editing.