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Yowling Creator’s Power of a Paragraph

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Yowling Creator’s Power of a Paragraph

It might seem stupid to talk about a paragraph being powerful. But consider this: With it, Martin Luther King passionately inspired people with his I Have a Dream speech. With it, he penned Three Ways of Meeting Oppression and advocated a way to embrace non-violence without becoming a doormat. With the power of the paragraph, popular columnist Erma Bombeck kept a nation laughing week after week.

A paragraph is powerful because it comforts, entertains, or teaches the hardest of hearts that it’s time to transform. Sadly, today the paragraph gets a raw deal. People often think it’s a pain to write. It’s not…really. Here are a few tips to help you keep your paragraphs powerful…

Keep It Simple

Simple words. Simple structure. Straight to the point. This means choosing words that are easy to understand. It means writing shorter sentences. It means making sure every sentence has a clear subject and verb. Ultimately, it means this: Get to the point fast and stick to it.

Topic Sentence–Put it at the Top of Your Paragraph

Your topic sentence can go most anywhere. But you want your readers to understand you, right? So why keep them guessing at your point? Make it easy and clear, so your readers want to keep reading. Make it the first thing they see.

How Many Sentences in Your Paragraph?

Two? Three? Four to five? This is the great debate. Diana Glyer, an English professor at Azusa Pacific University, says, “A paragraph is a single unit of meaning.” I agree and add this thought…

What you want to convey determines how you say

For example, if you’re writing an academic paper, you’ll want to make sure you have four to five sentences. You’ll need to introduce, define, describe, and explain your topic. If you blog, you’ll want to max out at three to four–perhaps even have a stand-alone sentence that catches the reader’s eye. Rather than rules, there is only this question: How effective do you want to be?

What do you think? Let us know here at Yowling Creator. Got any tips?

84 Responses to “Yowling Creator’s Power of a Paragraph”

  1. Miguel A. Gutierrez says:

    The best way to write a paragraph is to keep it simple. Sometimes we as an individual have to write in simple terms because if you write in a more advance terminology, you may loose your reader’s/audiences’ attention.
    The readers/audiences might get discouraged and loose the connection that you are trying to send.
    What you write expresses who you are!! Keep it nice and simple, that is the way to go.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Miguel,
      I appreciate your insight and agree that what we write expresses who we are. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is “keep it simple.” Have you ever gotten so tied up in knots in an effort to keep it simple that you complicated yourself into a corner? I know I have.

    • Butch says:

      Slam dunkin like Shaquille O’Neal, if he wrote informative articles.

    • Eric Garcia says:

      I agree with a simple approach to writing a paragraph because when you keep it simple and straight to the point you know you wont lose your audience and keep their attention. Everything is almost always more understandable when broken down and simplified.

    • Tristan Avila says:

      I have never thought of simplicity as the way to go about writing. I always get so caught up in trying to “grab” my readers attention and I lose the power that I want it to have. Moving forward I plan on keeping it simple in hopes to get the most out of my writing. I also want to deviate from thinking there is a set model for writing a paragraph or paper

  2. Antonieta says:

    After reading the Yowling Creator’s Way of a powerful paragraph I learned that the structure of a well written paragraph should introduce, define, describe and explain the topic. It should also be simple, clear and short.

  3. Mayra R says:

    A paragraph can make people think, analyzed, and even experience feelings that take the reader to another dimension. In order to make it powerful it is necessary to hook the reader with clear and understandable sentences. The quality of sentences are more important than the quantity of it.

  4. Megan O'Shea says:

    The “Power of the Paragraph” explains the importance of a paragraph and it’s simplicity. I often find myself trying to cushion my paragraph and make it very wordy. By doing this i feel that I lose the focus of my topic and my reader. This article was very helpful in illustrating the importance of keeping it simple and getting straight to the point.

  5. Cassandra Threadgill says:

    I, for one, always find myself going back to shorter paragraphs to make longer. Sometimes I leave them alone, sometimes I don’t. I like the “what you want to convey determines how you say.” The quote is important in deciding when to end a paragraph and start a new one. Also, it is refreshing to hear about keeping them simple because everyone looses sight of this when they write.

  6. Trevor Rogers says:

    Writing a “simple” paragraph isn’t always as simple as it seems. I often struggle with simplifying my paragraphs because when I begin to write, I tend to write everything I’m thinking instead of sticking strictly to a specific topic. I need to learn to focus every paragraph on its specific purpose and resist the urge to go off on a tangent.

  7. Ryan A says:

    By keeping it simple and having a simple vocabulary, wouldn’t I just lose my reader’s attention by being a bore? I like to use bigger words in my paragraph partly because it makes it more fun to write, but also to keep a reader interested. Also, I like to look at the topic sentence as my thesis of that paragraph.

    • Lisa Marie says:

      Ryan,
      You make some great points. I like to consider my topic sentence in much the same way. Regarding simplicity, it’s more for the purpose of clarity. Fancy words and long sentences can convolute our communication. In general, I think a varied style keeps a reader interested over the long haul. However, if you want to grab readers’ attention fast, weighing them down with words won’t help. This is why commercials are usually short, sweet, and too the point.

      I appreciate your perspective!

  8. NiCollette Abrantes says:

    The most important part while creating a paragraph is taking into account what you want to convey and how effective you want to be doing it. If you ramble on-and-on about one specific thing, the reader will lose interest. If you use vocabulary that does not fit with the general audience, your message will not be understood correctly. Everything that a paragraph becomes is dependent on the effect you want it to have on the reader. I also am a true believer that paragraphs can be formed in all different shapes and sizes. The structure for a paragraph is not a clear definition, rather a general guideline for when you are lost and need to find your way back.

  9. Sergio Montes says:

    It’s all too true how paragraphs aren’t given much thought when it comes to the power they can have. If the point of the paragraph is to convey a meaning that was birthed in your mind to the reader, then it can be said that the paragraph is the most powerful part of the essay. This piece on the power of the paragraph keeps me thinking on how I can make a better use of the paragraphs I write. I’ll try to be more straight-forward and focus on the actual purpose of the paragraph especially because that’s what Martin Luther King Jr. did and the result was all too amazing.
    Thanks so much.

  10. Maddy Herman says:

    This thought has helped me improve writing my paragraphs in my own essays. I have used the sandwich method and this have improved my paragraphs to make them on point. I usually rambled throughout my paragraphs to make them longer, but this simple way has helped me cut them down and be more precise.

  11. Jessikah says:

    After reading this blog it made the construction of the paragraph more tangible and less abstract. I see the formulation of the paragraph as a system in which pieces of the paragraph can be broken down into smaller parts that come together to make a cohesive chunk of sentences that convey an effective message to the audience reading. Starting with the topic sentence, streams of ideas flow after that and each sentence after will and should pertain to the topic, that way it is clear and complete.

  12. Madalyn Cortese says:

    Reading this has helped me to better understand how to form a well written paragraph in a way that is meaningful. Often times I come up with paragraphs that have an unclear point and are anything but powerful. After reading this I all be able to improve my paragraphs in my essays. Knowing this will help me to stop rambling and form a simple yet powerful paragraph. I will now be able to get across the meaning I am trying to convey in a simple, to the point kind of way.

  13. Crystal Reed says:

    There is much power in keeping paragraphs short and simple. One of the things I have learned about myself as a writer this semester is that I often use wordy sentences. I try to write how I speak, but I tend to write it as one long thought rather than breaking it up into individual sentences. I really liked this article because it helped me to remember that just because a sentence is longer, doesn’t make it better. Getting to the point quickly and simply is more important. I need to remember that although I know what I am trying to say, the reader can easily get lost in my long sentences.

  14. kelyn struiksma says:

    I never realized how important a paragraph is and can be. I usually look at a paragraph as a minor peice of the puzzle. A paragraph is an aspect to the greater piece. This blog instead shows the idea of a paragraph being important by itself, and that idea has not ever crossed my mind. I loved the examples used to portray this idea through Martin Luther King and Erma Bombeck. Moving on from just acknowledging the importance of paragraph is to realize how to write a paragraph properly and effectively. For me personally it is hard to say all I have to say in one or a couple sentences. In reading this it is really encouraging to see that simple is more beneficial in the long run, especially as I am in the process of creating paragraphs.

  15. Kelsey Colbert says:

    When I was first taught how to write a paragraph, I learned it as a simple equation. I learned what was required, but I never fully understood the purpose of the paragraph. This entry helped me rediscover that simple really is better. When things get complicated because you’re trying to impress your reader, it actually has the opposite effect because your reader might not follow or relate. It doesn’t matter if you stick to a strict guide on how to write a paragraph, as long as you convey your message. This entry has delivered a clear understanding on how to write a more effective paragraph.

  16. Ethan Korb says:

    I have always struggled writing strong paragraphs, regardless of how easy the topic may be. I always seem to add too much “filler” in the paragraph that the reader begins to lose interest in what I am trying to say. I have had trouble showing the reader what my point is, but if I do, I end up writing myself in a circle. This entry has been helpful on how to write a better paragraph just like MLK himself.

  17. Erin Belluomini says:

    Paragraphs are a way to express oneslef without exhausting ones reader or ones mind. When I first started writing paragraphs would write pages and pages. My english teacher had to reteach me the idea of keeping my words clear and short. This entry expresses this idea really well. It is important to understand the basic structure and be unfraid of simplisisty.

  18. Christin Escaross says:

    Writing paragraphs in general does not bother me, but writing an introduction paragraph does. I always find it hard to write the intro and to be able to make it clear and concise. I was always taught that 5 sentences is a complete paragraph, but how long is too long of a paragraph? I would always think that 5 sentences would be too short and would need to write more to make it look stronger.

  19. Bethany F says:

    I found this article to be very enlightening. Usually, when I write paragraphs for academics, I just try to get my idea down as quickly and painlessly as possible. I guess this habit has developed from High School and is staying with me (so far) throughout college. I don’t stop to think about the bigger purpose behind my words, my only goal is to finish the paper and turn it in. I hope that I can use this information to create a new way of writing papers. A way that strives to entertain, teach, and inspire my reader.

  20. Alex Cabral says:

    i Strongly agree with this blog entry. Paragraphs are what make an essay, and they need to be clear and need to get right to the point. If a paragraph is long and wordy then the writer can lose the reader very easily. Thinking back to the days that i played sports, the coaches that gave the short clear-cut speeches were the most effective and that ones that motivated us the most.

  21. Gabriel O. says:

    What really stood out to me was writing shorter sentences. Since High School I have had the habit of writing continuously and never really realized how long my sentences were. It is because of this that I tend to lose the readers due to the sentences going on forever and never really getting to the point. Reading this really helped me understand that it is important to get to the point fast and make the sentences short and concise getting to the point.

  22. Alexxis Schorr says:

    This is a great entry! I often times get caught up on what I want to say and how to say it a way that eloquently paints a picture for my readers that it becomes grandiose. I use too many words to describe or to define my point. I never really thought about how much I need to work on simplifying my paragraphs. You can only pack it in with so much before it becomes too much. I think that is something that I do often and will definitely try to avoid it in this paper that I’m currently working on.

  23. Gabe Maceo says:

    After reading the power of the paragraph, I have come to two simple conclusions: the structure and diction of the paragraph means everything. In the example used about Martin Luther King Jr., it its easy to identify the simplicity and the effectiveness of the speech; moreover the simple diction made it easy to understand and highly applicable. In conclusion something so small has the ability to be extremely powerful, and i need to apply this to my paragraphs.

  24. Adam Jan says:

    I’ve always liked writing paragraphs, because I see it as a little section that I can really focus in on. However, this was a really good reminder on how to construct a paragraph. I have a tendency to write long paragraphs that contain a lot of unnecessary words. I know that if I focus on writing simpler sentences and paragraphs in general, I will be able to express myself more clearly. Sometimes less is more and I think this can apply to our writing.

  25. Raul Fajardo says:

    Great article. I learned from myself that I often write wordy sentences, which end up being a hot mess. Keeping it short and simple is key for keeping it easy and understandable for the reader and myself. Paragraphs are important, especially the first one. With that being said,I now know that they should be straight point. Simple as that.

  26. Ryan Webb says:

    I have to agree with the fact that most people view the paragraph as a pain to write rather than an effective tool to reach people. When the paragraph is put in terms of how great people used it to get through to people, it makes me reconsider my own thoughts towards it. I now also agree that i have used the paragraph countless times to get a certain point across. I realize that the paragraph has helped me with grades, arguments, and reaching out to people most of all.

  27. Alexis Maldonado says:

    I think this is so true. With just one paragraph you can leave an impression. However, it is not always that easy to come up with one. I often have trouble writing a paragraph and trying to figure out how to say what I want to say.

  28. Elena Medina says:

    It is very interesting to know that the power of a paragraph is what makes it stronger when you focus on the topic or idea that you are trying to communicate. It will be clear using concise words, that maintained the interest of the audience in your writing. The power of a paragraph is used to get the audience to understand all your thoughts clearly.

  29. Suelen E Santos says:

    I have always considered writing complicated. Those tips are helping me to lapidate
    my paragraphs. Now, after I write something I make sure I have a topic sentence
    and I stick to it. Make it simple is also very important, because is better make it
    understandable than having a complicated paragraph that no one will understand.

  30. Miguel Gutierrez says:

    The power of a paragraph can be very powerful. We all know that a paragraph is a group of sentences that should develop one main idea/topic. Sometimes if I try to focus on writing simpler sentences and paragraphs in general. I will be able to express myself more clearly and to the point. Finally, I think a paragraph is extremely powerful, it always creates a great impact on the receiver’s end.

    Imagine if we still wrote the way people of Paul’s day did, Phil 1:12-13 would look like this:
    IWANTYOUTOKNOWBRETHRENTHATWHATHASHAPPENDTOMEHASREALLY
    SERVEDTOADVANCETHEGOSPELSOTHATITHASBECOMEKNOWNTHROUGH
    OUTTHEWHOLEPRAETORIANGUARDANDTOALLTHERETHATMYINPRISO
    NMENTISFORCHRIST

    No, thank you but I would rather read a paragraph.

  31. James Rex Atwell says:

    Often times I find my long paragraphs too long. And when they are short I find that they are too short and I feel satisfied with the amount of elaborating and evidence in them. This article made me realize that there is a a possible way to meet a happy medium between a meaty paragraph and one that is both meaty and fluent. It is kind of a mix between traditional prose and the economy of most traditional forms of lyric poetry.

  32. Beth Padini says:

    Before reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, I’ve only ever known paragraphs to be SIX sentences at the most! I laugh now because while reading it, I used to think that the guy broke the rules of writing! However, the “rules” of writing don’t have to necessarily be followed in order to be effective in your message. Size or how many sentences you have in your paragraph doesn’t matter either. Personally, I don’t think Nathaniel Hawthorne needed 25% of the pages he wrote for The Scarlet Letter. Yet that was what worked for him to get his lessons and symbolism and all those other good messages across. I guess the only tip I could possibly add to this blog is Follow the Yowling’s Creator’s Way for making a paragraph – keep it simple.

  33. Vanessa Walters says:

    Keep it simple, but not too simple! A lot of times when I am writing I find myself actually writing too little in a paragraph. I find it really helpful to write at least 5 sentences in a paragraph to keep it simple but not too short. However on the other side of things, often times if I try to write a longer paragraph I find that I repeat myself too much. I guess I need to find the happy medium, keeping it short and sweet but not repetitive.

  34. Kimberly Marshburn says:

    I always forget to keep it simple; and if I keep it simple I end up repeating myself over and over again. I try to say deep meaningful things like MLK, but I say the same thing in a different way… I also think it’s very important to make sure every sentence in your paragraph goes with the main idea of your topic sentence. I don’t usually remember that when writing, but I know I ought to! I LOVE “How Many Sentences In a Paragraph.” I always felt so pressured to have “five” sentences in my paragraph, but when you apply “a paragraph is a single unit of meaning,” everything gets so much easier. Thank you!

  35. Fernanda Gutierrez says:

    I’ve learned a lot with this blog, the biggest thing I learned was to keep the paragraph simple and to the point. I tend to make paragraphs really long and a little confusing and, sometimes I add too much detail. Also my topic sentences are not all that great . However what really defines a good paragraph is not the length but the content it contains.

  36. Austin Santiago says:

    i prefer my paragraphs to be short and sweet and to the point. id prefer a broader rage of sentence variety and structure, in addition to a professional sounding tone to the written word. in my style, i tend to not stray far from the 5 paragraph structure as many of us were thought from. oddly enough this shows me as a person who does not stray far from the “status quo”.

  37. Jaylene Land says:

    I agree with this but when it comes to me writing one it seems I make it more complicated than it should be. I always feel that I need to add more to what I’m saying, by using more examples or more details. As well as that my simple vocabulary that was used isn’t enough which will cause me to rewrite in some sentences at times to make it more elevated. I definitely have to begin to remind myself more often that sometimes less is more and that’s okay as long as what you’re trying to explain is elaborated and the message gets across to the audience.

  38. Chrissie Cheng says:

    I found this to be great advice in trying to write a paragraph! Often times I do question how many sentences are needed to make a paragraph, wondering if it is cheating when I use only one sentence. I also remember in elementary school, when they would tell us a paragraph would have to have 5-8 sentences, making me be repetitive running out of ideas. But I like how you said that I should just have clear and concise couple of sentences, and even a “stand-alone sentence that catches the reader’s eye”. Sometimes, I also struggle with getting straight to the point and making sure my sentences are clear. It’ll take a lot of practice but the more I try the better!

    • Lisa Marie says:

      I’m glad you found it liberating, Chrissie. The number of sentences depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the paragraph and the venue/audience (academic vs. blog, etc…).

  39. Sydney Bibal says:

    I got to keep it simple. I tend to go off topic at times which most likely confuses the reader or even worse, make them less interested in what I am trying to say. Another great point in this blog is to introduce your topic early so that readers will quickly grasp onto what they are about to read. I definitely do have problems when it comes to not making a paragraph long enough. But knowing to be clear, straightforward and simple is something to keep me on track when writing a paper.

  40. Tricia Fontneau-Ramos says:

    During high school all my teachers ever wanted was the format of intro, three paragraphs and a conclusion. This made it very difficult to get my point across in the most effective way. This has helped me to understand that it’s better to break it down and fluently describe your point in a shorter paragraph rather than trying to fit three different points that somewhat relate into one.

  41. Hailee Andrews says:

    Writing has not always been something that I was very found of. In school when writing a essay I would always worry about the paragraph length and was less worried about the context into which I was putting into the paragraph. After reading that “short and to the point” is better and that your reader will more likely be drawn to your essay/story that way, I think I will be able to enjoy my writings a little more now.

  42. Brittni Bigelow says:

    Paragraphs should not drag on and pull the reader through the paper. Keeping paragraphs simple allows for the reader to easily determine the point that is being presented as well as easily flow and transition through the topics of the paper. I love the idea of keeping it simple because I tend to add too much “fluff” to my papers and get off topic easily. I will definitely be applying this to my future essays and papers.

  43. Kelsey LaTendresse says:

    I think it would be much easier to write a paragraph if I kept it short and simple instead of it being a pain. I think it’s a good idea to get to the point, but sometimes I think teachers want more and if I don’t elaborate on sentences, I won’t get a good grade. The topic sentence is good because I think it helps guide you. The tip on the length of the paragraph was very helpful. I always assume its 4-5, but the tip also gave insight on what each sentence should be in a academic paper or in a shorter paragraph.

  44. Patricia Rivera says:

    I would say that the best way to write a paragraph is to get to your point simply without being too repetitive or boring. Paragraphs should contain an exceptional amount of detail, depending on the topic of that paragraphs. Each paragraph should be separated by point and by subject. By each point or subject, there should be an appropriate amount of detail and explaination, depending on how much each sentence contains. Every paragraph shouldn’t contain the same kind of syntax or structure, because it’ll get boring quick, but each paragraph should have a variety of diction, syntax, and tools in order to keep your reader interested in your paper, article, etc.

  45. Charlotte Vi says:

    Thank you so much for this, it’s very helpful. Usually, I have a hard time getting straight to the point in my paragraphs because I feel like more words will draw more interest but the “Power of a Paragraph” succeeds to help me realize that isn’t always the case. I now realize that it depends on the message I’m trying to convey.

  46. Maritza Sesma says:

    It is interesting to think that a simple paragraph can hold so much meaning. In high school teachers always stressed a certain format when it comes to writing a paper. Some want you to drag on the point but others just want you to finally get to the point, which seems easier said than done sometimes. This blog has helped me understand that it is easy to create a paragraph that is powerful, simple and straight to the point without losing any of the meaning behind it. Im glad I read this.

  47. Jordan Norwood says:

    The “Power of a Paragraph” simplizes the aspect of wrting and gives you better insight on how to write a sronger and more prominent paragraph. This blog was very useful because often most of us writers try to use big, powerful words trying to excite our reader rather than keeping it simple and straight to the point. This blog was very useful and is something that we can definitely reference when it comes to strengthening our writing skills.

  48. Chris West says:

    I really have no advice that hasn’t already been posted or written in the original blog. The one thing I’d have to say is don’t be stupid and raed what write.

  49. Jonathan Schlitt says:

    I feel like the hardest part of each paragraph is starting them. Once you get past the initial sentence or two, the rest of the paragraph should flow pretty smoothly. Conclusions and transitions are the second big challenge in a paragraph. If your hook and conclusion sentences are strong, your paragraph is already on its way to being great!

  50. Marisa Walters says:

    When I write I like to be concise. I don’t want to reiterate the same point throughout the paper. My teachers in high school always taught that for papers you had to use the biggest words you know and use long detailed sentences. So I am glad to read that I can write to get to the point.

  51. Sasha Brudlo says:

    First of all, Martin Luther King Jr. was like, one of the coolest people to ever live. Now about paragraphs: I like the idea of keeping things simple. Most things are not as complicated as we make them seem.

  52. Tiffany Field says:

    Writing is something that I am constantly dreading. I’m always trying to put big words into my sentences and somehow try to sound intelligent. It never works. So I think having simplicity in my writing from now on will help me a lot.

  53. Paige Griffin says:

    I was always taught that a paragraph is usually four to five sentences, but not with short and simple sentences and phrases. A sentence should have some length with some form of complexity so that the reader will not get bored of the simplistic style.

  54. Austin Langrehr says:

    I definitely agree that paragraphs can be powerful, however I like to look at them as another unit or brush stroke to the larger picture you’re tying to paint. While writing, the sentences should flow together or you’ll end up with a choppy mess that can be painful to read. Likewise, the paragraphs should flow or you might lose your reader completely. When it comes to simplicity, I find it’s important to be clear but the level or complexity, whether that be in diction, sentence structure, or ideas, is largely dependent on what you’re writing and who you’re writing to. Personally, I enjoy books that challenge me in some areas over books that aim primarily to keep my attention, and each reader is different.

  55. Christian Caraveo says:

    Each paragraph within a paper is key and can be the difference between a well written paper and a bad one. I have always hated having to make up useless sentences with no meaning other than to fill up the required number of sentences that a teacher demands. I agree completely that a paragraph is a unit of meaning. The quality of vocabulary within and the structure of a paragraph is what determines the strength of a paragraph, not the amount of sentences.

  56. Christinah Uppal says:

    I like the idea of keeping it simple and to the point. I have been taught that there is a certain structure of have concrete sentences along with commentary and and it has to be this way or that. I feel that I am not an elaborate person but rather to the point. It is refreshing to read this.

  57. Anne Landrum says:

    In my opinion, the best way to present a persuasive topic is in a short, well-produced writing (such as a paragraph). Parts of writing that you really want a reader to pay attention to should obviously grab their attention! When there is a lot of information to present, however, the writing will indeed need to be longer. That is the way I would approach the paragraph-writing idea.

  58. Alexa Hobelman says:

    I truly beleive that a lot of people dismiss the power of a paragraph. Even though a paragraph is typically 4 or 5 sentences, those sentences could be a summary of how you became a Christian or a short speech that impacts an entire nation. Paragraphs are a great way to practice keeping a thought simple yet clear. Sometimes, I feel like the more I wirte and the more explanation I give, the clearer I am. However, keeping a thought short and simple, in most cases, is the best way to communicate ideas effectively. Paragraphs compose entire papers, contain the introduction and conclsion, and summarize important thoughts. I love the idea of a paragraph being “A single unit of meaning”. That is great advice for anyone who struggles with the purpose and length of a paragraph.

  59. Julie Ovenell says:

    I definitely agree with keeping it simple and to the point. I often get lost or distracted when sentences and paragraphs go on and on. It has to stay interesting and to the point otherwise people won’t want to read. These tips also help me with my writing, i need to keep them in mind when I sit down to write as well.

  60. Skylar Burt says:

    I find that my biggest struggle with paragraphs, particularly in regards to essays, is finding a way to be concise and to the point while also putting depth into my sentences. I have a hard time going in depth on subjects without starting to ramble at least a little bit at some point. I also struggle with how many sentences I should include. I agree that it definitely varies depending on what you are writing for, but I have a hard time figuring out if I’m writing too little or too much on academic papers.

  61. Isaac McAllister says:

    I think I really need to work on simplifying my paragraphs. When I look at them in a piece of my formal writing, they are usually not simple. Often I have sentences that can span up to two or three full lines, making the subject difficult to identify. Having shorter paragraphs in general I think will help. Right now I can often have paragraphs that are almost a page long (double spaced), which like the above article explains, often can leave readers a little confused. I need to shorten my sentences, and shorten my paragraphs to make a clearer point.

  62. Sara Nunez says:

    It is obvious that paragraphs have an outstanding value. It is not only what words are being used, but also the choice of how they are being put together that makes them stronger. Simplicity plays an important role as well, because not only does it make the writer’s work more enjoyable, but it allows the material to be read, and understood by a wider range of people.

  63. Kiana Logan says:

    My personal belief is that simple paragraphs are appropriate and powerful when talking about subjects that do not need very much explaining, but longer paragraphs make more of a statement and go more in depth. Yes, a more concise paragraph gets straight to the point but I feel as though a more stretched out paragraph shows the depth of knowledge of the subject poured into it.

  64. Leena Im says:

    I totally agree with this blog. I love keeping things short and simple. People would actually want to read the paragraph. A paragraph should make a statement. The paragraph shouldn’t be repeating the same facts over and over again. That will definitely make the reader bored and aggravated. Also, word choice and sentence structure are also important in a paragraph. The length shouldn’t always determine if the paragraph is well written or poorly written.

  65. Andrew Martin says:

    A paragraph must be very flexible depending on what you are trying to say or what you need to say. It needs to be long enough without stretching on for a page, and it can need to be brief enough without ending before your point is made.

  66. Damorye Jones says:

    This is interesting because throughout my academic career, instructors have always said, and held on to, having at least 8 to 12 sentences in each paragraph for whatever it is you are writing. It is however, a huge relief to know that 4-5 is ideal.

  67. Camille Manning says:

    This post goes against everything that I had learned in previous years of education. But, it definitely make sense and it will help me in years to come. I am very thankful for how simple your explanation was.

  68. Tommy Wlodek says:

    What I have always known that a paragraph is simply a collaboration of sentences used to convey the topic, some evidence, and finally the analysis. The topic is stated to grab the readers attention, evidence is then shown. The analysis is used to prove the topic with the evidence that was given. In my opinion that is what i learned growing up, and has always worked for me.

  69. Abby Ludlow says:

    I think that you don’t have to write a lot to have a powerful message. Some of the greatest writings are essays that were simple. I think that if you try too hard on an essay or paragraph that’s where things get complicated. You don’t want to overdue something. You can be simple but still inspiring and creative.

  70. Natalie Reagan says:

    I agree that we should keep paragraphs simple because if we don’t we can lose the attention of the audience. I have the tendency to always drag on my paragraphs it seems like because I try to make it better with bigger words and longer sentences. When I just need to keep it simple and not go into so much detail and get to the point.

  71. Austin says:

    I always believed that there was a direct correlation between how highly regarded a paragraph is with how complex and sophisticated it is. This article helped explain exactly the opposite. This article helps explain exactly the opposite. It teaches that you do not have to use big words and complex sentence structure to write a good paragraph, in fact it is better to keep it simple. So many times it seems like people use big words just to sound smarter. They could get the same point across using words that are used universally by different age groups but instead they they make it complex to sound more intelligent.

  72. Christian Caraveo says:

    I agree that a paragraph should be a single unit of meaning but i also believe that we should intrigue the reader into each paragraph. I understand that we must get to the point but i feel that a hook is necessary within each paragraph. i also feel that if the point is portrayed so directly the flow of the paper might be a little rough. Being direct is the most important aspect of each paragraph but i feel that we first must intrigue the reader.

  73. The information on forming a paragraph is new to me. The steps need to start with a strong topic and supportive sentences which are short,concise, and to the point. I will apply my new knowledge carefully when writing paragraphs in the future.

  74. Lupita says:

    I was surprise about this article “The power of the paragraph.” explain clearly in only three tips how we can write a paragraph very easy. In the past years I had done without any instruction and I always was difficult but I know this tips help me for my future writings.

  75. Maria Elena Lopez says:

    When it comes to writing a paragraph I think that this article is true, that it is important, and is very true on how your suppose to write a paragraph using introduction, with support of define and describe. Through the body paragraphs and to atleast be sure to have 4 paragraphs, that support the introduction and what you are trying to convey, to the readers. Thank you for this very nice article, and for all the good advice and tips on how to write a paragraph.

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