In my writing life, I’ve experimented with writing in long and short paragraphs. When it comes to suspense writing, I like to use short, one-sentence paragraphs for dramatic effect to set something apart to get the reader’s attention.
And, then there are the writers like Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Rick Telander.
Rick is a nice guy who’s been kind enough to return a few e-mails of mine.
But when he writes, it seems like every single paragraph consists of only one sentence.
Yep, just one.
Then there are the writers from the colonial days of America. Their paragraphs go on and on and on and on. Some of them go on for page after page. After a while, it gets to where it’s almost impossible to concentrate. You wonder if the guy’s doing this to conserve paper or because he just doesn’t feel like moving on to another paragraph. Perhaps it would be a sin to changeth paragraphs, methinks.
Myself, I like writing in longer paragraphs with visits into the short paragraphs when it suits a purpose. I guess that longer paragraphs look like they hold more thoughts and took more work to do.