a text book with a lot of paragraphsPicture browsing through just one long chunk of content.

Each and every idea runs into the next. Even though you have a good article on your screen or a maybe even a fascinating novel in your hands, the point is, when paragraphs blur right into the next, most of us lose interest.

Throughout the composition process, it is beneficial to be thinking like the reader is when it comes to reading your content. Ask yourself if you, personally, can focus on the text without getting too distracted.

One useful method many professional writers use to keep the readers’ attention is to start each paragraph with a fresh new idea.

By separating ideas, thoughts, and intent into paragraphs allow for organization. Managing these chunks of information will enable us to focus on one idea at a time.

Better yet, writing these ideas in one cohesive sentence increases the chances of your reader staying put throughout the rest of the written story or sales pitch.

Paragraphs stand out on their own if they are crafted into focus points or one main point.

There are three fundamentals when it comes to shaping paragraphs

  • There has to be a purpose. Otherwise, the reader finds it hard to focus.
  • Tonality. Whatever tone you choose conveys the reader attitude.
  • Try logically sorting in proper headings, subheadings, and bullet points.
  • Your Audience. Allow the audience to sit in the palm of your hands.

Formatting Paragraphs for Blogs

Your audience is busy. The general population will not have a lot of time. Making your blog scannable is a vital component of ensuring the reader finishes out the read.

Don’t block huge pieces of content together. Otherwise, you’ll find that it is too difficult for your readers to read.

An alternative would be to keep short blocks of text together such as one or two sentences. Think about it this way: Your average sentence length should be no more than 8 to 12-words. Keep track of your sentence structure for free, here.

When to Start a New Paragraph

Topics

Good writers will introduce a new topic by starting a new paragraph. This should be an unbreakable habit while writing, even though this tactic is mainly used for essay writing.

New Period of Time

When a professional writer wants to introduce new time, he’ll start a new paragraph. This is good practice whenever you skip time, too. For example, consider the phrases below as good starting points for an introduction to a new time or skipped period of time:

  • The next morning…
  • Two hours passed…
  • Every second seemed like an hour…
  • Life in Lynchburg remained untouched…
  • Later that night…

New Place

Scenes are vivid pictures one can paint while writing on any subject. So, when a new place is introduced, a new paragraph can be added.

New Person

Introducing characters in a story can be a fun way to feel creative as a writer. Lots of writers use dialogue involving characters talking to one another. Characters bring stories to life. Every time a new character is introduced to the story, begin a new paragraph.

Action

Long stretches of content can get boring fast. Try breaking it up with action. Tell the reader what the character is doing.

  • He shrugged.
  • She giggled
  • The crowd loudly cheered and applauded.
  • He jumped off the diving board and into the water.

One thing is for sure. Readers skip long, boring paragraphs. MessathPath has a tool that can help point out how many paragraphs you have and when to break up those sentences into smaller ones. Try it out. Download it for Chrome. It’s free!