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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Writing Quote: Writing Paragraphs

     Keep you paragraphs short. Writing is visual--it catches the eye before it has a chance to catch the brain. Short paragraphs put air around what you write and make it look inviting, whereas a long chunk of type can discourage a reader from even starting to read.

     Newspaper paragraphs should be only two or three sentences long; newspaper type is set in narrow width, and the inches quickly add up. You may think such frequent paragraphing will damage the development of your point….Don't worry; the gains [of short paragraphs] outweigh the hazards. [I'm not a fan of the extremely short paragraphing you get in newspaper writing. I find it disjointed and annoying, particularly when reading online.]

William Zinsser, On Writing Well, originally published in 1976 

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