How long should a paragraph be?

What's the perfect length of a paragraph?

This can be a hard thing to get right. If they're too long you could risk discouraging people from reading your work and if they're too short it could imply your work is of a low quality and not properly thought out.

Unfortunately there's no set length on how long a paragraph must be, but there are guidelines.

What is the purpose of a paragraph?

The point of a paragraph in both fiction and non-fiction is to introduce a single idea or point. The first sentence of a paragraph should introduce the idea or point, the following sentences in that paragraph should explain or discuss the point or idea. This helps to keep your work concise and to the point.

When you introduce another point or idea you then start off with a new paragraph.

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