Long paragraphs wear a reader down. Avoid writing more than five or six sentences in a paragraph before you break. The general rule is that a paragraph should break only when it has completely developed the topic sentence. However, it often takes more than five or six sentences to accomplish that. In those cases, find a logical place to break. On the other hand, many short paragraphs also impede the reader’s appreciation of the material by becoming monotonous and boring. The length of the paragraphs in an essay or a piece of writing is important, and you should pay attention to it. By saving a closing, summary sentence for the end of the development of the topic sentence, you can signal that you are moving on to another idea.
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