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Posted on September 21, 2011

So what is the point of the paragraph?

Well, it makes the text less forbidding, I suppose. A slab of uninterrupted prose is a depressing, even awful thing to contemplate; the last thing a writer wants to do is to put the reader off.

The paragraph breaks the narrative into easily digested chunks, but don’t take it too far. Paragraphs that are constantly too short (God forbid, even composed of one sentence time after time) give an impression not of a coherent text but of a series of staccato thoughts; there is no rhythm and, as I have written before, rhythm is all .

A paragraph should be composed of sentences that encompass an idea, or a point of view; some will be long, other will be short (I have nothing against paragraphs that are one sentence long, or even one word long, as long as they are not all that’s on offer).

Paragraphs are about ideas and views. Remember that, and your writing will be easier to read.