Editing Tip #129 – Knowing When to Change Paragraphs

Change Paragraphs Graphic


One of the biggest things to remember when you’re writing fiction is to keep your paragraphs relatively short.


When someone opens a print book they don’t want to see a long line of unbroken text covering most of the page. The best way to appeal to the human eye, and make reading easier for your fans, is to make sure that your formatting helps them want to read.

This is even more true when it comes to e-reading devices, since the “page” is even smaller (generally speaking) than a print book. The human eye tires of seeing full lines stretch across the page. The last thing you want to do is let your paragraphs turn into essay-style prose — no matter how eloquent a writer you are or how grammatically correct you are being.

Use the above infographic to remind you of all the potential places you can break a longer paragraph into shorter ones.

Happy Editing!

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